You can think of school like a job we give to our kids. It’s like the jobs we have as adults, which entails showing up to report every day, even if you don’t want to go. Learning equals working. It needs mental focus coupled with self-discipline. All of these are vital factors that schools use to shape kids, especially those in formative and secondary levels.
In this article, we will delve into ways to help your kids love their school.
Resist saving your kid all the time. We get it, it’s natural for parents to want to assist their kids in school assignments and matters. However, you should resist the urge and let your kids learn things, even when it can result in some negative consequences to him (missing assignments, passing a semi-built science project, etc.) See that everything you do will benefit your kids in the long run.
Focus on encouraging competence, not confidence. Competence is the feeling of confidence stemming from real experience. This is different than confidence, which is what we normally give our kids when we overpraise them. Sometimes, saying things such as “I’m so proud your hard work on this project” versus empiric qualities “you’re so smart!” may lead to the opposite effect of your intention. When you only focus on praises, it sets them up to avoid situations or challenges that can negatively affect that impression. Instead, praise them for effort.
Assist your kids develop their personal goals. Kids need concrete goals of their own to be able to grow and progress. Don’t create goals that are too big or amorphous, like “I’m going to get A in all subjects.” Instead, have something like “I will start handing projects on time. The latter is a goal that’s easy to monitor and checked off on a calendar. You can assess their progress and aid them in evaluating their performance, but it’s important not to intrude or oversee.
Enrol them to the right school. When we say the right school, we’re referring to a school that can best equip your kid the skills he or she needs to succeed in life. If you have a kid that’s about to enrol in secondary education, you may choose to read the local secondary school league tables for your area in order to find the best school for them to flourish. Alternatively, choosing the international baccalaureate diploma programme (IBDP) could be the best route to take.
The IB Programme is designed for highly motivated secondary school aged 16 to 19 years. The rigorous course offers balanced academic exposure while laying the foundation for university life. It also serves as a pathway to the world’s leading universities like the New York University, University of Oxford, National Institutes of Technology (India), National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, and many other top learning institutions.
The IBDP produces students with excellent breadth and depth of knowledge, plus the skills to succeed physically, intellectually, emotionally, and ethically.
There you have it. Remember that in all these cases, you need to see how your child reacts to gauge if it is working and learn how you can adjust. You, as the parent, will innately know what is best for your children. Best of luck!