Posts Tagged ‘homework’

Knowing but Not Showing: When All The Studying Seems To Go Up In Smoke

“I don’t understand it. She was all prepared. We went over all the questions. But then she only got a C on the test.” If you’ve faced an experience like this, you are not alone. It’s an unpleasant situation encountered by many families. Of course, if this is a rare occurrence, the low grade is not significant. It’s easy and…

When Things Turn Hard, Things Turn Stupid

It was one of those sessions where Victor wanted to anything but homework – mazes, read a Scooby Doo comic, video games. I reviewed his homework assignments and opened his math workbook, which he began to do. After a few minutes, he encountered a problem that was hard. “I don’t want to do this,” he protested, “This is stupid.” “You…

Seeing: An Unseen Component in Reading

Have you noticed that when your child reads, he or she points to each word, or skips lines, or finds it hard to read a hyphenated word (such as suc–cess) where the word starts at the end of one line and ends at the beginning of the next? Behaviors such as these are often markers of visual problems in processing…

In the Doghouse

Last week Victor was in the doghouse. I learned about his punishment from the office manager as soon as I signed in to the shelter: ten days of no electronic games. “My mom took away my DS,” he announced when we met. “What did you do?” I asked. “I was bad at school.” “What happened?” “I didn’t do my homework.”…

How to Handle Your Child’s Mistakes

If you have the opportunity to observe a classroom, you’re bound to see a pattern that is ever-present. Teachers will be asking lots of questions. In response, some kids will raise their hands, eager to show what good students they are. Others will respond quite differently, keeping their eyes averted and their hands down (while simultaneously praying that they not…

A Drab Building Houses a Bright Future

In the past few months, while I’ve been working to set up the conditions to enable Victor to do the Reading Kingdom on a regular basis, I’ve also introduced the program to two learning centers run by School on Wheels. The other day I visited one of the centers in the neighborhood formerly named South Central. In 2003 the city…