My Quest To Teach

June 10, 2016

180 Day School Year What’s Your ‘Xcuse

180 Day School Year What’s Your ‘Xcuse
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Edward Waters College


“Education is the great engine of personal
development. It is through education that
the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor,
that a son of a mine worker can become the
head of the mine, that a child of farm workers
can become the president of a nation.”
Nelson Mandela

The school year is 180 days of
educational growth, clarity, maturity, engagement
and the realization that all students are valuable.
180 days of parent and teacher team work
and collaboration.

The profession of education is not just 180 days
for teachers nor for students:
it expands across weeks and months.
Professional educators and administrators understand
that the process of teaching is built on a foundation
that uses accumulated data from formative and
summative assessments throughout the school year.
These assessments measure, track, gauge and create
a trail of learning that is progressive and representative
of the abilities of students to grow and excel academically.
AYP – Annual Yearly Progress is important because
it justifiably shows that children are learning or if
there are challenges.

Parents should ask to see their child’s test scores to
understand how their children are progressing through
the school year. Communication is very important for
the success of the student. All parents should have a
parent teacher conference to make sure they are sure
they understand their children’s learning.

A parent’s personal educational level is an important
predictor of children’s educational and behavioral
outcomes. If a parent loves learning their children
will model their parents. Parents must not wait for
the school year to encourage learning it must be
every day.
A parent can set the foundation of a child’s future
by their emphasis on the value of learning and
importance they place on reading, literacy and

Stated on “The Role of Parents”
“we (parents) are our children’s learning models.
Our attitudes about education can inspire theirs and
show them how to take charge of their own educational
journey.” What more important role can a parent play
than “teaching” their children to love learning?

Another school year is almost over and parents know if
their children will be promoted or retained. 180 day
school year and every parent should know before the
end of the school year their child’s academic status.
There is no Xcuse why parents do not know……

“Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I’ll remember.
Involve me and I’ll understand.” Confucius


These tips are a guide to help parents, help their children
embrace learning. To love learning and build a culture in
their homes for learning. Parents need to be involved
in their child’s learning 365…

  1. Parents be a role model for learning.
    Parents are their children’s first teacher.
    A parents responsibility both moral and ethical is to show
    how school can extend the learning you began together at
    home, and how exciting and meaningful this learning can be.
    2. Parents pay attention to what your child loves.
    Find out what your child’s interests are and build on them.
    This will show the parent how your child likes to learn.
    Their learning style…………
    3. Parents learn how your child learns.
    Children use a combination of modalities to learn:
    visually, tactile, and auditory.
    Parents learn how your child learns so you can meet their
    learning styles.
    4. Parents set aside time to read together.
    Parents read aloud regularly even to your older kids and
    allow them to read to you. Reading early creates a platform
    to share literacy and creates higher levels of comprehension
    if what is read is discussed. Start a reading club in your
    home, community and even in your child’s school.
    5. Parents connect what your child learns to everyday life.

    Allow learning to reflect real life situations. Whether
    shopping, traveling, and exploring your world of learning
    can come along as being fun. The skills of mathematics,
    reading, social studies and even science can be discovered.
    6. Parents help your child take charge of their learning.
    Parents help your child have ownership of their learning.
    Allow them time to choose what they want to read and
    how they want to learn. Use available resources like
    the library and museums. Allow children to celebrate
    successes and learn from failures.
    7. Parents keep TV, Technology and Social Media to a minimum.
    These interactive entertainment sources can be distractions
    and hindrances to learning.
     Watching TV diminishes creativity,
    imagination and learning exploration depending on the
    programming and theme of what you are watching.
    Use toys, books and even crafts to create a learning center
    instead of TV and Technology.
    8. Parents learn something new yourself.
    Parents if you share your love for learning your children
    love to learn. Demonstrate your willingness to learn new
    things and even if you struggle this is good for growth.
    Showing how to overcome adversity and learning challenges.

    180 Days School Year What’s Your ‘Xcuse is important to
    take advantage of each day for your children. You can never
    get the day or that opportunity back. 180 day school year to
    gain the knowledge you need to be promoted each year.
    There should be no excuses.


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