Bursting the Homework Bubble
Helping my kids with homework was agonizing. #Parentfail.
Research indicates that ongoing parental involvement in children’s learning reaps benefits in many ways, including shaping positive attitudes to learning and supporting student achievement. (Education Services Australia)
Sugata Mitra recommends that we use “The method of the grandmother”.
Wow, that is wonderful!
How did you do that?!
You are soooo clever!
Enter The Method of the Grandmothers 2.0
Grandmothers and all your other family and close friends are the most powerful role models for your child. They will be trying to be like these powerful examples of what is important in your family.
You can support your child’s education by immersing them in a rich experience of what you and your family and friends do.
Take your kids to work. Get your family and friends to take your kids to their work. Ask them to talk to your kids about their work.
(Now THAT has to be more fun than spelling homework!! #Badparent – you MUST help with the spelling homework!)
Being conscious of the work world around your family and the values of powerful role models will help your child to make a education and career choices.
To become more aware of what is important to your family do this….
Make a list of 8 adults in your family or among friends who your child knows and likes.
Note what each person does for a job and 3 attributes that you like about each person.
It is likely that your child will choose a career in an industry that is prominent in your family circle. If you are a builder your child may choose to go into the building trades. This could be engineering, trades, urban planning…
It is even more important to know what attributes are important in your circle. If caring and being kind are highly valued choose a job that allows those natural assets to shine.
As robots make jobs redundant and the rate of change increases it has never been more important to be conscious about what is important to us.
Helping your child to be aware and grounded in who they are is the best education and career support you can provide.
The World Economic Forum identified these emerging skills which you can be embedded in the fun stuff you do as you learn together.