Monthly Archives: October 2016

Eight homework tips

Children are more successful at school when parents take an active role in their studies and development. Here are 8 tips to help your child enjoy and complete their homework.

Know the teachers – As parents, you should attend school events that help you interact with your child’s teachers and other parents. Ask your child’s teacher about their policies on homework.

Set up a homework-friendly area – Create a quiet area that is well lit with all necessary homework supplies for your child to complete their homework.

Schedule a regular study time – Children tend to work on their homework at different times. Some prefer the afternoon and other may want to work on schoolwork after dinner.

Help them make a plan – If your child has a big assignment or a lot of homework, help them break the work into manageable chunks. Always include a 15-20 minute break for every 1-hour of work completed.

Keep distractions to a minimum – Avoid TV, music or phones when completing homework.

Make sure kids do their own work – Help your child, but don’t do the work for them.

Be a motivator and monitor – Motivate your child by given them encouragement that they can tackle a task. Monitor your child by checking on when assignments, quizzes, and tests are due.

Set a good example – If your child sees you completing tasks, reading etc., they will be more likely to follow.

 

Exploring the Benefits of Massively Open Online Courses

Posted by: Phineas Upham

Technology is changing how educators are able to interact with students. The first major technology breakthrough was the ability for students to take online courses that mimic the “brick and mortar” classroom experience without having to leave home. Now New Republic is reporting on what many think is the next step for online learning: Massively Open Online Courses or MOOCs. These are courses that are broken into small lecture segments and can be taken by a practically limitless amount of people: one MOOC offered through Stanford University’s website had 160,000 worldwide students.

The advantages for MOOCs are obvious. Along with giving students the ability to take classes no matter where they are – as is the case with current online courses – MOOCs present lectures in bite-sized chunks that are perfect for busy students. In addition, they may be a solution to the continually-rising costs of higher education.

Find out more at: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/112731/moocs-will-online-education-ruin-university-experience#
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