A Successful School Year

A Successful School Year

A review of Joanne Foster, EdD’s article 14 Tips for a Successful School Year.
By: Cristina Pereira. Edited by: Emily Bowman.

A successful school year is what we all want for our kiddos.

Hi everyone!  The first day of school is on the horizon or has just come! As we are all gearing up for an enriching school year many questions come to mind. How can we prepare our children for a prosperous and wondrous year at school and continue to inspire them amidst the frenzied days that lie ahead? Joanne Foster, EdD suggests 14 tips about creativity, productivity, and well-being that will empower and inspire students for a lifetime of success.

Creativity

“It’s an active decision—and this sometimes requires courage, determination, and conviction. Encourage kids to ask questions, get answers, think things through, be inventive, stay open-minded, and exercise patience. “

Joanne Foster, EdD

1. Focus on what draws your child. Help children see the wonder in learning by encouraging them to tune in on their specific interests as well as attend to those interests as they evolve. 
2. Emphasize resourcefulness. When children learn to take advantage of the various resources that their surroundings provide, they begin to think outside the box and develop skills and interests that may “evolve into strengths and qualities.”
3. Kids need to feel safe. Build together a comfort zone where they can find reassurance and stimulus. This place should be one “where momentum can build, and where moving forward is a positive occurrence.”
4. Creativity is purposeful, “It’s an active decision—and this sometimes requires courage, determination, and conviction. Encourage kids to ask questions, get answers, think things through, be inventive, stay open-minded, and exercise patience. “

Productivity

5. What are your child’s unique motivating forces? “If something connects meaningfully with the child’s life, interests, or vision for the future, that ‘something’ can be very motivating.”
6. Give credit to consistency and routines. “Children function best when there is stability and guidance in their environment, this is especially the case during challenge or times of transition,” Foster recommends that we guide our children back to their familiar routines so that the familiarity creates a soothing environment where they man continue to move forward.  
7. Listen to and learn from others. Let’s teach our children to be open to one another’s experiences and make adaptations of this dialogue for their personal growth.
8. Some kids need help developing specific skills “such as time management, pacing, organization, or self-regulation’. Assist them in “finding solutions to the problems they may be facing” through the learning process.

“If something connects meaningfully with the child’s life, interests, or vision for the future, that ‘something’ can be very motivating.”

Joanne Foster, EdD

Joanne Foster, EdD

Well-Being

9. Be attentive to our children’s “reactions and behaviors.” This will place us as parents in a better position to “to help them respond to challenges, and any emotional upheavals.”
10. Allow our kids to ‘feel out’ their feelings. “Encourage children to name and acknowledge what they’re feeling to gain self-awareness. “
11. Show pride over small and large accomplishments. When we show our kids that we believe in them, they begin to believe in themselves. 
12. Help kids focus on those traits that matter most, empowering our kids to become ‘better’ adults. “Integrity, confidence, forgiveness, and empathy enable kids to become caring and competent adults.”
13. Empower children to become independent thinkers. Let us teach our kids to be “active decision-makers and problem-solvers.”
14. Show gratitude. Let’s “grateful for all that we have, all that we can accomplish, and all that our children can accomplish.”

Foster hits the mark with these tips. Emotional stability is necessary for there to be integral growth in our children/students. How is this emotional stability achieved? First and foremost there must be a focus on safety, safety in their expression of feelings, ideas, and support of those expressions. Awareness is key as it ensures that we remain in tune with possible triggers or situations that may provoke a negative response, as educators we need to be in tune and get to know our children so that their integral growth is not compromised.

You can read Foster's full post here. 

  • What tips did you find interesting? Are there any mentioned that resonate specifically with your household/classroom?
  • What tips did you find interesting? Are there any mentioned that resonate specifically with your household/classroom?
  • Do you believe Foster sums up the fundamentals for a life long trajectory of success?

Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

 

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