A bit burnt out from being a stay-at-home mom and running a modest in-home business, but still unable to coordinate a return to college to complete my teaching degree, I began to explore the idea of substitute teaching. I had enough credit hours to qualify for subbing in our school district. One background check, fingerprinting, and orientation later, and I was in the classroom.
Shannon’s Free Lunch, which is about codes that, unlike the usual code, attempt to make communication clearer and less error-prone. Did you know, for instance, that the ISBN numbers on all books are not just randomly assigned? Rather, they can be used for error checking, so that if you give someone the wrong ISBN (or they transcribe your request incorrectly) it is very unlikely that the wrong number corresponds to a real book? Even more, if you get one digit wrong, it is likely that the person reading the number can figure out which number it is, and what the right one is.
Procrastination – “In a minute,” “I will,” “Okay!” Does this sound familiar? Let’s face it, all of us would like to avoid tasks we don’t enjoy but most of us learn to get them over with so we can be free to do as we please. This discipline doesn’t develop overnight and it may take more than a firm discussion. If this is a problem in your home, you might want to keep your crew on a set schedule with gentle reminders as needed. In addition, you could offer incentives and rewards. Of course, there is always the possibility of withdrawing privileges if necessary.
Flatworld Knowledge is a site where teachers can review, adopt, and make available free online books for students. Students can also choose to get a hard copy or audio version for a fee.
Dislike of Curriculum – I hate this book! I wish I had a dollar for every time I have heard that. This is one reason that it is good to get your curriculum from eBay or used book sales. Not every educational resource is going to be a good fit for you and your family. Try to keep your eye on your learning objectives. Sometimes an adjustment in the number of exercises or the addition of a hands-on experiment can make other components more acceptable. Don’t worry though, if you end up having to replace your RS Aggarwal Quantitative Aptitude Math Book Download, there is most certainly another mom out there who is willing to pay you for the one you are discarding.
Once you establish the routine of math work being done at home, you can start to relax. As with many things, setting up the routine early with your child helps them establish good study habits. So know that your time committed to your child every evening will pay dividends later. Fights will be avoided and a good math homework routine will have made your teen a success.
What they do understand, however, is that Mondays are pajama days. My daughter has Children’s Chorale on Tuesdays, so we have to make the hour-long car journey and we listen to audio books on the way. Wednesdays are co-op days, and the kids have classes with their friends and study Art, History, and Science. Thursdays have piano and singing lessons and Fridays are library days.
Behind successful students is a parent who took the time to spend with them. Every evening, sit down with your student and help them succeed. You will be rewarded with a teenager who has better grades and more self-confidence.