In a few days, students of all ages will be going back to school. As parents begin to plan for summer routines to change back to school routines, they should be thinking about how collaboration both at home and in the classroom is an essential element for effective learning.
In collaboration with Post-It, Canadian parenting and education expert Alyson Schafer has curated the school tips below for educators and parents. It’s handy advice to help kids maximize productivity and creativity this school year:
- Diversity: Working together encourages diversity and allows kids to understand what it’s like to walk in their friend’s shoes. Whether it’s through a group project, playing a game or working as a class to solve a math problem, collaborating in an open environment helps kids learn from one another and embrace each other’s differences.
- Freedom to take risks: Post-It’s Dry Erase Surface is a whiteboard solution perfect for kids. Freeing students from their fear of imperfection and giving them permission to make mistakes is the best way to inspire learning. When kids realize that it’s okay to wipe off a mistake and start over, free thinking is reinforced.
- Staying focused: Distraction in the classroom is not a new thing. There are ways to help kids stay on track while allowing parents and teachers to address different learning styles. For some kids, the process of moving their hand and doodling while listening in class or at home helps them pay attention and take in new information.
- Don’t forget to write: Holding a pen and writing help kids hone important competencies while further developing motor skills. Going old school has its benefits, and the more hours kids can put into practicing writing, the better their overall development.
- Make them stakeholders: Getting kids ready for school each day can be a hefty task. Allowing kids to create their own organization system —making a checklist for the morning, choosing what’s going into their backpack each morning—in their desired format will help them become stakeholders in their day; Chances are they will stick to their own system versus the one created by parents or teachers.