Every spring, seventh-grade students immerse themselves in the world of Maycomb, Alabama as they parse the complexities and power of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Considered a foundational text through which to explore the damaging impact of Reconstruction-era white supremacy, segregation, and Jim Crow practices, To Kill a Mockingbird also has a great deal to say on the subject of gender. Scout, Lee’s young protagonist, subverts the expectations assigned to her gender in myriad ways through her attire, comportment, and values. Shirking the expectations of a “lady,” Scout faces numerous obstacles to the development of her authentic self, but none hit home quite so harshly as the pressure applied by her beloved brother, Jem.
Like most people, at any given time, I am achieving some of my goals and not achieving others. Part of the challenge is that goals come in different sizes. Some are small, tidy as an afternoon, things that you can just check off, like cleaning the garage. But others are large; they spread across the years, cast long shadows, and may be so big, so important, that you are reluctant even to say them aloud.
With so many educational options, how as parents do you evaluate the strength and fit of a school's program for your child?
In this free guide we explore five markers of a great school, including:
- Do the teachers and teaching style at the school connect with the way you learn best? Do you enjoy the Harkness-style, for example, or prefer a teacher-led classroom?
- Will you feel toward the head of the class, versus the middle or bottom? Will the challenge of the curriculum feel appropriate?
- How do you want to grow in the next four years? Think of yourself not just as a ninth-grader, but all the way through the next four years. Which environment and set of people will best help you achieve that vision you have for yourself?
- In which environment will you be able to most grow as a leader? Will you have the extracurricular opportunities you love and will you be able to grow and develop as a leader within your interest?
Strong reading skills don't always come naturally to children. However, there are a number of different tips and strategies that both parents and children can use to build comfort, confidence, and enjoyment in reading—leading to a lifetime of reading success. Reading every day with your child, visiting libraries, finding a distraction-free environment to read, and finding books that match your child's interests are all good starting points that can help your child learn strong reading skills with ease.
Good readers also use different strategies to self-monitor their reading, and below are proven suggestions that you can use to help nurture these instincts. Be sure to give your child a few seconds to self-correct if they make a mistake; this helps them develop the agency and awareness to read with confidence.
When I first joined the faculty and staff at The Peck School, I heard talk of this mystical thing called Kairos. Was this a club? A lunch menu item? A slang term for a secret passageway around campus? I had no idea.
As parents we can aid in our children’s growth mindset through language and acceptance to encourage our children to always push forward and make an effort despite natural setbacks that come with learning. We can do so by providing continual praise on the process as opposed to strictly the product. This can take many different forms depending on the content and developmental stage of our children, but the message is consistent: effort is valued and you have control over the outcome. Below are a few practices that you can begin today to help your child grow to understand that ability is not simply fixed but something that can be developed.
Topics: School Psychologist