Some would argue that children have one true responsibility in this life and it’s to study. They should not have to worry about anything other than going to school and getting good grades. Those same people would argue that there is no excuse for children not to do well in school. This sort of opinion is not taking into account factors that contribute to a child’s ability to learn and gain knowledge. Going to school and doing homework is not enough to get good grades. Let’s take a look at some of the factors that can affect a child’s performance in school.
Multiple intelligences theory
Howard Gardner’s innovative theory changed education forever. We now know for certain that everyone learns differently. No longer can teachers give the class the same way they would 30 or 40 years ago when students had to adapt to teachers. Nowadays, teachers must understand what different learning styles are present in the classroom and they must design the course to make sure to accommodate them during the school year. This does not mean that each class has to be designed for 9 different learning styles, but teachers should consider how a topic can be best explained taking advantage of Gardner’s theory.
Presence of learning disabilities and inclusion
Another challenge a teacher must face in today’s classrooms is how to tend to and make sure students with learning disabilities do not feel left behind. Government guidelines and regulations have made it very clear that no child should be discriminated against and that no matter their condition they must receive equal treatment and education. Some, if not many, teachers aren’t prepared to adapt lessons to cover different learning disabilities. It’s important for schools to have special education programs that can back up and even give regular teachers basic training so that they won’t feel overwhelmed.
Students cannot learn unless where they receive an education is setup to guarantee the success of the process. The basic things any classroom should have is adequate lighting and hygiene. Additionally, there should be bulletin boards, posters, and other spaces where teachers can put up content that will draw students’ curiosity and motivate them to learn more. Physical setup of a classroom is not the only thing that can affect the environment. There must be a culture of respect where everyone knows that they are important to the process and where the difference of opinion is accepted and not punished. Furthermore, teachers must not use aggressive or negative language towards students. Many teachers often get frustrated and treat students in a manner which does not befit a great teacher.
This is perhaps one of the most important factors that can affect a student’s performance. Motivated students are capable of achieving amazing things. One of the greatest ways to motivate is to recognize a student’s talents and find a way to include them in the classroom. Another one is to encourage students to be curious and ask questions. Students should not be afraid of asking things in the classroom. It’s considered the safest place for them to be. One more way to motivate students is by giving them public recognition for a job well done; who doesn’t enjoy a little positive feedback from time to time?
The final factor has nothing to do with the school, but it’s still a huge contributor to academic success. Parents play an important role in their children’s live and one of the most crucial ones is how they participate in their kids’ education. They need to be actively involved. This can be achieved through many ways. First off, parents need to have constant communication with their children regarding what’s going on in school. They need to ask about assignments, issues with other students, treatment by teachers, etc. Secondly, they should take some time to help their children with homework. Besides creating a bond, this allows parents to actually see what is being taught and see how well their kids are understanding the curriculum. Finally, teachers and parents must have contact and not just during parent-teacher conferences. Parents can give recommendations on how teachers can motivate children and teachers can give parents suggestions on where children need to improve.
Education in our current society is far from what it used to be in the past. Technology has helped give teachers, parents, and students new tools to make the learning process advance. However, the traditional educational interaction between student, teachers, and parents still reigns supreme and as such everyone should consider their role in the factors that were mentioned in order to guarantee young ones will achieve academically.
The Dwyer Family Foundation has always been an advocate for children’s education and its importance. Keep coming back for more articles regarding different aspects of education.