Because August and September are school-starting months, our posts in these months will focus on things that help students get a good start at school.
The following are writing prompts and discussion topics you can use to let your students think about making the start of school smooth sailing.
Outline a good morning plan for yourself on school days.List what things that need to be done to be ready to walk out the door for school on time. Think about these questions and write up or discuss your plan.What time do you have to leave for school? What time will you wake up? Will you pack your backpack the night before or in the morning? In what order will you do things (dress, eat, etc.).
Do you think it will be easy or hard to stick to your plan? Why? If hard, what kind of help will you need to stick to your plan?
Who else needs to know about your plan? When and how can you share your plan with anyone who needs to know about it?
Teachers, you can use this blog in classrooms. Here are two ideas about how.
- For middle or high school parenting or child development courses:
- Use the blog for discussion topics
- Require students to research the topics and agree or disagree with what the blog is suggesting.
- For all courses, especially English Language Arts:
- Use the blog for writing prompts for paragraphs, theme papers, journal entries, class starters, etc. Have students read the blog and respond to:
- Do you agree with what is being said about kids? Do kids really act, think or feel that way?
- Do you agree with what is being said about parents, grandparents, teachers and child caregivers? Do or should they act, think or feel that way?
- What would be your advice on this topic?
- What was left out of this article?
- If you were a parent, would you use any of this information? How?
Why can this blog be a useful teaching tool?
- Students that see connections between their coursework and their lives do better in school.
- Most students will either be parents one day or have children in their lives that they care about, so the topical information can help them build their knowledge about children and parenting and develop a positive image of the type of parenting they want to do.
- The new core literacy standards adopted by most states call for frequent writing in all courses.
- Newly developed end-of-course assessments to be used by many states will require that students demonstrate that they can think critically. These prompts help students practice critical thinking.
- Newly developed end-of-course assessments to be used by many states will require that students demonstrate that they can analyze what they read. These prompts help students practice analysis.