SUPPORTING SUPER STUDENTS
October 24, 2014

We have this great romance with technology, but realize its limits. Technology does not teach grammar.

In a recent conversation with a mother of school-age children, she claims teachers are not teaching spelling. When this parent contacted the teacher, the teacher replied “We do not need to teach spelling because the children will be using computers, and all computers have spell-check.” Computers do not teach correct usage of our language conventions.

Parents need to learn English grammar with their children so that parents as well as children gain knowledge about how our language is used correctly. We are judged on how we write and use our language, and if not used properly, we stand to be judged poorly. On job and college applications, on letters to teachers and school, even on email, our communication is the basis for future contact. We need to “write for success” rather than “dress for success” due to technological communication in our present and future society.

If you or your children need help, please use the free website grammarly.com/Grammar_Check or ask Grammar Girl.

More changes
July 26, 2014

 

Across the country, the education word is that parents are not helping to educate their children, especially in the poorer areas. My contention is that many parents do not know how. They might have struggled in school themselves, not knowing or understanding what they were supposed to do. If they did not understand “the basics,” what foundation would they have to build on? How can they help children when they do not understand concepts themselves?

We must help these parents to know how to help their children. We must give them tools to help their children understand what learning is. We must encourage them to want to know and be examples for their children. If parents cannot read or write well, perhaps schools should hold parent classes to help them learn and support them through the process. Besides, how can they read the newspaper that publishes my column unless they can read?

In a column of 500 words in the community newspaper, I strive to give basic skills and ideas to work with children. I provide parents, grandparents, and kid-caregivers methods that are desirable for them to use as they need to guide the learning of the children entrusted to them.

Let’s educate “the village!”

bettemroz@gmail.com

Changes
July 5, 2014

My blog was to be a showcase of my writing ability and variety, I thought, because I have a great passion for the written word and know of its power.
Since my last post, I have become a columnist for our local paper–the Sierra Vista Herald–on the topic of educating parents with ways to grow effective learners, how to make their children “super learners.” My column has been successful for parents and grandparents, and is one even caregivers read to find ideas to help the children in their charge. Feedback has come in the form of “letters to the editor,” received emails (bettemroz@gmail,) and comments from newspaper readers and grandparents who send the column to their children. I write “500 words for 5 minutes with your children.” I have completed 47 columns and counting. I believe that teachers and school administrators are so busy with meeting standards with their students that they sometimes forget to invite one of the most important people on their team–parents. If parents do not know or realize the terminology and methods that schools are using to educate their children and have not developed tools for helping their children learn, my column provides the confidence and encouragement to push them forward. See my column “Ready to Learn” at http://www.svherald.com/community/schools. I will be waiting for you. (more…)