It’s the second week of school, and the first week of lessons here at M&R!
We are delighted to have you back at Hermanus Math and Reading centre and
hope your child will settle down happily and make good progress in 2019!
I have two stories to tell. Last week I enrolled a beautiful young lady who really made me think about perception and expectations.
My first story: Shanèa is a grade 11 learner and her goal for 2019 is to get 80% for Maths. When I asked her what she was prepared to do differently than last year, she replied that she is prepared to spend an extra 30 - 40 minutes/day doing math exercises at home. This is over and above homework or coming to M&R for tuition. (I think my mouth fell open and the inner child in me wanted to jump up and down) When I spoke to Mariaan Viljoen at the end of 2018, I asked her what we could do differently at M&R for the High School learners, she replied that learners must commit to spending 30 - 40 minutes per day doing Math exercises from their X-Factor books at home. PLUS, High School learners STILL do not know their timetables. They rely too much on using their calculators.
Let me tell you my second story about another student. Kayleigh contacted me during term four of 2018 and asked if I would be able to assist her with learning Korean. Having worked in South Korea myself and understanding the complexity of a language, not even to mention the writing thereof, I organised a Korean Tutor and we were both impressed by the level of Kayleigh. I thought she would be at a basic level, but she was so much more advanced. The best part is that she was so determined to learn that she taught herself to read and write Hangul by watching YouTube videos only, and her level was quite advanced when she started with language lessons at M&R! It just goes to show. “Waar daar ‘n wil is, is daar ‘n weg”
Bottom line is this: Maths, Reading, Languages, Science and academic success will always be about priorities, expectations and perception of time, how you manage it, or how it manages you. These two young ladies have prioritised maths and Korean and I promise you they will make a success because they are committed to doing so. (And I am going to be watching them and cheering them on)
So: We will be doing things differently this year. All High School learners will sign commitment contracts with us. In the contract they will commit to doing work at home. (No not homework, extra work because all learners want to succeed and do really well and we will be expecting them to do so in order for us to show results) To get back to perceptions and expectations. We will also be sending out a commitment and expectation letter to all parents to be signed by both parent and learner and returned to us before we start lessons this year. It takes a village to raise a child, and fortunately for you, we are part of that village.
Teachers at M&R will be facilitating the learning process. It is about being the change you wish to see in the world, and I am sure that all parents would like to see their children take responsibility for their own academic success. Just to clarify, I do not expect the grade one learners to sign academic success contracts, but I have seen that the parents who were committed to seeing learners complete a 10 minute frenzy a week, showed the results at the end of the year. And I know that homework is sometimes done enroute to M&R, but if we can cover the basics, the results will speak for itself.
If you enrolled your child at M&R, it means you have prioritised academic success, and I applaud you for it. But it does not stop there. We, as parents and educators, also have to change our language. Be positive about Maths, Reading, Spelling, Phonics and academics as a whole. Use words at home such as: I love reading … or I did my best at school when it comes to Mathematics. When telling your children how you hated school, Math, English or the teachers, you are creating your own worst nightmare.
NEVER tell your child you did not do well at school. Always be the change you would wish to see in them. Remember they are watching you closely, just as they are watching us. Let positive academic talk be your mentor this year. I promise you that this will add up. https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=22508&fbclid=IwAR1HiKvlKj_TljfLCm8Rnjo9i9Dd4yHmYEvXNq7PqNmZ3f96YU4ESz85RbY
A great article to read about parents and teachers and Math anxiety!
AND REMEMBER: We absolutely love promoting our parenting with Love & Logic course to all parents. It is a fantastic course that will help you enjoy parenting. (Sounds too good to be true? Come check it out!)
Thank you for choosing Hermanus Math and Reading Centre!