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Helping Your Daughter to Learn

Helping Your Daughter to Learn

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Click here to see 'Supporting your daughter to develop good habits outside of school' - the summary of a presentation given by Mr McIntyre at a recent parents' evening.

You can really help your daughter by:

  • Talking to her about her day and what she has learned;

  • Encouraging a growth mindset towards her learning in all subjects – the belief that we can all improve at anything if we are willing to be challenged, put in the effort, take on board feedback, use helpful strategies and practise;

  • Asking to see her diary, checking what homework has been set and signing it weekly;

  • Helping your daughter to organise her work and checking that deadlines are met;

  • Developing her independence through encouraging her responsibility for private study;

  • Encouraging your daughter to ask for help from the teacher when it is needed;

  • Encouraging your daughter to use the library and attend additional classes and activities.

(Could we use that image/quote that Kathy used in the habits lesson for English - we are what we do etc?)

Equipment

You can help your daughter learn by making sure she is properly organised for the school day.  Your daughter must have a sensible bag and the following equipment:

  • Pencil case

  • Black or dark blue pens

  • Pencils

  • Eraser

  • Sharpener

  • Ruler

  • Diary

  • Calculator

  • Protractor

  • Compass

  • Highlighter

  • PE/dance kit  (on required days)

It is helpful to have:

  • A glue stick

  • Coloured pens/pencils

Reading

(Here or separate page?)

Learning vocabulary

Your daughter will often be asked to learn the meaning and spelling of words. This is best done by:

  • Repeating the word several times

  • Checking the meaning, using a dictionary if needed

  • Copying out the words at least three times

  • Spelling the words out aloud

  • Being tested by you

  • Testing herself, e.g. using flashcards

  • Using the word within a sentence

  • Regularly returning to vocabulary to check whether she has actually transferred it into her long term memory

 

Learning from feedback

 

Teachers use many forms of feedback that to support learning, additional to written marking.  When you are looking in your daughter’s books, corrections, green / red pen, marking codes, feedback notes, redrafted work, etc. are all evidence of feedback that has been given by teachers.

 

The most helpful thing you can do is to support your daughter in forming good habits with regards to feedback.  This means:

  1. Improving her willingness to give important feedback to her teachers.  This means always answering questions and sharing her thoughts (whether she is sure of her answer or not) and being open about sharing her work (not hiding it);

  2. Improving her willingness / ability to listen to, remember and promptly act on feedback from her teachers, rather than ignoring it or becoming defensive.

 

Here are some relevant questions you could ask your daughter to improve the way she seeks out and uses feedback to improve her learning and progress:

  • What has your teacher told you that you need to do?

  • What have you done with this information so far?  What else could you do?

  • Why haven’t you acted on this feedback that your teacher gave you? Why have you not answered this question or corrected this answer?  

  • What do you need to ask your teacher to understand how to use this feedback?

  • How do you feel when your teacher gives you constructive feedback on your work?  What do you understand about why they might be doing this?

 

Effective independent study strategies and revision

 

(I want to include the Learning Scientists stuff about retrieval practice, interleaving and spaced practice - and what does NOT help get things into memory - should this be here or elsewhere? E.g. the page on exams?)

 

Terms & holidays

Summer Term 2017
Start: 18th Apr
Half Term: 29th May-2nd June
End of Term: 21st July
 
Autumn Term 2017
Start: 4th Sept
Half Term:23rd-27th Oct
End of Term:21st Dec
 
Spring Term 2018
Start: 3rd Jan 
Half Term:12-16th Feb
End of Term: 29th Mar
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