How to Help Your Children Prepare for Their Finals

Being a child is tough, but dealing with final exams on top of growing up makes childhood even tougher. It’s a necessary part of growing up and getting your education, though, so as parents, it’s important to step in and help your child prepare if possible. While you can’t take the exam for them, you can help them at home to become as prepared as possible; this way, when they go to take the test they’re confident in their abilities and are more likely to succeed. How can you go about doing that, though? Here are a few ways.

LEARN ABOUT THE EXAM

One of the best ways to prepare for an exam is to learn about it and know what to expect. It’s important to know what will be on the test and how the test will be structured, because tackling a multiple-choice test is much different than going and taking a test based on essays. Look at class notes, the testing website if it’s online, or consult the school for information on the exam to find out things like when the test will be, what will be tested, how long it’ll take, and so on. 

TALK TO THE TEACHER

Your child’s teacher will know the test best, so you should reach out to them if you want to learn about the exam. Doing so will get you the most up-to-date information on the exam’s structure and subject matter, and they’ll be able to tell you where your child is struggling the most so you can help them with it at home. Learning this will help your child study effectively.

GET A PRACTICE EXAM

If the exam in question is a standardized test, you should look for practice exams online for your child to take. These tests are ones from previous years, so you’ll be able to see the type of content typically on the tests and how it’s formatted. This method falls through if your child isn’t taking a standardized test, so if that’s the case, your best bet is to look at your child’s notes and textbooks. Some teachers provide review guides before their tests, and some textbooks come with practice tests at the back of them, so use both of these to your advantage.

HIRE A TUTOR

Tutors are meant to help your child study and prepare for their classes and exams, so if you’re not sure about whether you can effectively help your child prepare, consider hiring one. You can reach out to older students who’ve taken these exams in the past or go online to tutoring websites to find a tutor for your child. 

This article was originally published on JeffHorton.co

The Need For Courageous Conversations In Education

In an educational setting, the lines of what is appropriate and necessary can seem blurred. Add in a new era of standards and repercussions for errors of sensitive subjects, and teachers and other educational staff can feel a bit concerned about discussing the deeper issues. Finding the right way to talk about the sensitive, and oftentimes difficult, conversations of race, sexism, diversity, and inclusion can be arduous and nerve-wracking. 

While it is harsh to put the weight solely on the teacher, the inevitable responsibility can not be denied. It is the teacher’s job to develop their students efficiently to succeed in the world. However, when a student’s educational setting is far different from their experiences outside of school, there is a lesser chance of building a connection and helping the student to be responsive to their realities. 

To help alleviate the angst amongst educational staff,  Glenn E. Singleton founded the Pacific Educational Group, PEG, in 1992. Dedicated to achieving racial equity in education, PEG engages in continued partnerships with educational organizations in efforts to reconstruct the behaviors, beliefs, and results in the classroom to provide all races the education needed to reach their fullest potential.

Pacific Educational Group has expanded during its 25-year history from its original focus on PreK-12 education in the U.S to address race in higher education, law enforcement, non-profits, corporations in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. PEG believes racism is the biggest contributor to the diminished capacity of all people, especially those of color and indigenous heritage, to achieve their highest potential. Until we become aware of its extent and discuss the factors and impact can we hope to eliminate any negative racial outcomes and experiences. 

PEG’s award-winning protocol for achieving this goal is titled Courageous Conversations and works by engaging, sustaining and deepening interracial dialogue. PEG is used to enable educational staff to talk with their students and address racial disparities fully and intentionally. The strategy of Courageous Conversations is to impart a stronger understanding of the issues and demonstrate how to discuss race explicitly in all environments. PEG’s diverse and dynamic staff work together to design curriculums, coach leaders, and facilitate seminars that can be used in their professional and personal lives. 

About PEG, Christopher B. Coleman, Mayor of the city Saint Paul in Minnesota, said:

“The City’s leadership team has used Pacific Educational Group’s training and the Courageous Conversation protocol effectively to launch our racial equity work. Sharing these concepts and approaches with our partners, Saint Paul Public Schools has created a level of trust and understanding around racial equity we didn’t have before.”

Originally published on JeffHorton.co

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