Tuesday, June 16, 2015

How to Massively Turn Failing Students Around

Now that the school year is over it time to turn up your preparation for the next school year. There is a saying that insanity is doing what you've always done and expecting different results. Tell everyone in your school that change is good and ideas are welcomed. Everyone can contribute to the success of a school. Here are some things your school can do: 

1. Engage your students in creative group projects inside and outside of the school

2. Flip the classroom and let students have many opportunities to review what they are learning on video

3. Tell your students the ten things they must know to succeed in each section of your course

4. Have an examination review to tell students in depth how to prepare for the examination. Always teach study skills and study habits.

5. Find ways to give out awards and certificates to students who are not normally recognized

6. Make school attendance a big deal and celebration all of the time 

7.  Implement an entrepreneurship program in your school. Get the Small Business Administration center and companies involved

8. Ask parents to get involved in one specific school project each year

9. Get your students involved in chess tournament it teaches great problem solving, patience and decision making skills

10. Get your students involved in robotics competitions like First Tech Challenge 

Now is the time to have a new vision for your school. Put pictures of successful people of all around your school. Put success quotes around your school. Have the students develop and vote on a school motto. Change is good. Help students to earn better grades and to believe in themselves. Time to take your students to the next level of learning. It's up to you. Dr. Stephen Jones is an education advocate and author of the Seven Secrets of How to Study at http://bit.ly/1wJHWaa Join his education newsletter at http://bit.ly/1sVyCzs. Contact me with your questions at 610-842-3843.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

15 Creative Summer Job Ideas for K12 Student

There are many benefits to encouraging K12 students to work during the summer. They can learn how to use some of the knowledge they obtained during the school. They benefit from learning what professionals do at work. Also they may uncover a career that interest them. It is far better than having a student sit around the house with nothing to do. Here are some job ideas:

1. Encourage a high school student to take a entrepreneurship course at a community college

2. Start a small business with friends

3. Tutor students in other grades

4. Work at a relatives business

5.  Work at a recreation center 

6. Apply for a life guard job

7. Create your own lawn care business 

8.  Pursue a job at a local radio station

 9. Create a baby sitting service

10. Talk to a librarian about summer jobs

12.  Find work in a grocery store

13.  Serve as a camp counselor

14. Teach arts and crafts to younger children. 

15. Start a bicycle repair business 

Learning how businesses work can be enlightening for a student during   the summer. Get your student to brainstorm business ideas with other students. Other professionals can contribute to a student's learning experience. Ask your teachers for business problems you can solve during the summer. If you encourage your students to do something different this summer your K12 students will never be the same  again.

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