School is Not for Me
It was barely a month into school when a kindergartner uttered the words, “School is not for me.” She said it as a matter-of-fact, as if stating she would no longer wear skirts. Her mom was stunned. Obviously.
“Excuse me?” her mom pressed.
“School is boring,” the child replied.
There were at least 12 years of school to look forward to, and in the first month, the stage was being set.
For many students, the stage is set at a very young age. What kind of student will they be? What kind of learner? These early questions and answers can determine long term success and failure – not only in school, but in life too.
If the first act is titled, ‘School is not for me,’ it will feel like years of torture.
As parents, how can we help our children – regardless of their age – engage their learning, the challenges and opportunities that an education brings?
These are three tools every parent can use:
Watch for Feelings. Feelings are clues there may be problems to solve.
Investigate Problems. Sometimes the problem is not what we think it is.
Ignoring one problem can create another.
After days of questioning her daughter about what was happening in school, this parent made an important discovery. Her child was struggling. Reading was hard. Other students were farther along sounding out letters and simple words. A couple of students were already reading books. This little girl, in her first few weeks of school, was in the process of making an important determination. She had already decided that she was not as smart as other kids. As a result, she wasn’t trying very hard… which meat that school was boring. A self-fulfilling prophecy was underway. This can happen to any student at any age.
One month into the school year, what is your child’s experience? Do you know? Want a handy trick to get your child to talk about their school experience? Watch for our next email – Getting Your Child to Talk.
Thank you for taking your time to read this article. If I can support you in any way in helping your children (or students) in reaching their potential – in creating the hero they most want to be, please let me know.
All the Best,
Diana B. Thompson
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