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Empowered To Study

September 9th, 2009 · No Comments

I think we may have turned a corner. I have spent the past four years tearing my hair out, trying to convince my son that studying is part of the high school deal.
But he has never been a child who can be made to do anything that he doesn’t want to. As a toddler [...]

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Tags: Education · Motivation

The Height Of Great Teaching

August 12th, 2009 · No Comments

We fronted up to the school last night for my 15-year-old son’s Subject Selection For The HSC evening. It’s a big event these days as today’s generation of parents are a lot more aware of the importance of subject choice than my parents’ generation were. And that’s undoubtedly because the numbers of students sitting for [...]

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Tags: Education · Motivation · Self-esteem

Do You Know Your Child’s Learning Style? (More Importantly, Does The School?)

June 7th, 2009 · 2 Comments
My teenage son is a visual learner. His third grade teacher discovered this when she found that he required visual cues in order to follow instructions. So while the rest of the class could take in her verbal explanation, my son only knew what to do once she also wrote it out on the whiteboard. [...]

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Tags: Education · Motivation

The Parent-Teacher Interviews That Let You Know You’re Alive

May 6th, 2009 · No Comments

I attended parent-teacher interviews this afternoon with my son who is in Year 10. The teachers got right down to business with every one of them, apart from maths and english, asking my son if he was planning to take their subject for the Higher School Certificate . It was a rude awakening.
We were [...]

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Tags: Education

Should We Be Pushing Our Teens To Achieve Their Best?

April 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

Are you guilty of hyper-parenting? If you’re not sure, ask yourself the following questions: Do you push your teenager to do better, even when they’re already achieving? Are you competitive on your child’s behalf? Have you lined up all sorts of coaches and tutors to ensure your child gets into the top classes, A-sporting teams? [...]

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Tags: Anxiety · Education · Motivation

How To Set Your Teen On Course For Their Desired HSC Result

April 12th, 2009 · 1 Comment

In recent weeks my son has expressed an interest in studying Law once he graduates from high school. And while I should be grateful that he is starting to think about a career at all, it has made me a little anxious.
Suspecting that Law would require him to outperform his best performance at school [...]

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Tags: Education · Work

How Much Does It Cost To Motivate Your Teenager?

March 23rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

I admit to having a little laugh to myself when I heard that a high school in Maroubra, NSW, had made the headlines for apparently motivating students to do well in the HSC with cash incentives. Up to $3000 is believed to be on offer.
I laugh because of the number of times that I’ve [...]

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Tags: Education · Motivation