Ep. 62: The Third “C”: Community

This is the 3rd in a series: The 3 C’s of Success.

  1. Commitment
  2. Consistency
  3. Community

Many studies have shown that family characteristics can significantly affect children’s development and school achievement.

Beyond the immediate family, however, how much does the larger community influence a young person’s school success?

This question has implications for education policy: If community characteristics are strongly associated with student achievement, then efforts to improve student performance must focus on extracurricular community support.

The 7 levels of community:

  1. Friends
  2. Study Groups
  3. Teachers
  4. Educators
  5. Tutors
  6. The mAke the grAde Success Community
  7. mAke the grAde Success Community sub-groups

Helpful mAke the grAde Resources mentioned on this podcast: 

“Maximum Education: The Ultimate Guide to Optimal Academics” on Amazon

Want to work with Steven Greene: 

Join the mAke the grAde Success Community  –
This is the ultimate success community for parents and students to get
the support that you need when you need it.

Not sure what to do – Book a call with Steven Greene – to discuss

What’s going on with the SAT the ACT and the college Admissions process??

What’s going on with the SAT the ACT and the college Admissions process??

Here is the replay from the live presentation May 28, 2020. 

Are you a parent with a 10th or 11th or 12th grader?

Are you uncertain about what’s going on with the SAT/ACT exams and the college admission process?

Thursday 5/28 – 7pm – I am hosting a brief informational workshop to answer questions:

  • What is the same?
  • What is different?
  • What is your recommended test prep timetable?
  • What options does your child have at this point?
  • What are the college admissions people thinking now?
  • Will this impact my child’s college plans?
  • And time for Q/A as well.

Register here: You can register here: https://bit.ly/SATACT2019

Ep. 61 – Real & Raw: Conversation w/ a Parent feat. Jamie Palmer

The day is finally here! We’ve been teasing the idea of interviewing a parent of a student on mAke the grAde & we can’t wait for you to dive deep into this episode with Jamie Palmer. Enjoy!


Helpful mAke the grAde Resources mentioned on this podcast: 

“Maximum Education: The Ultimate Guide to Optimal Academics” on Amazon

Want to work with Steven Greene: 

Join the mAke the grAde Success Community  –
This is the ultimate success community for parents and students to get
the support that you need when you need it.

Not sure what to do – Book a call with Steven Greene – to discuss

Ep. 60 – The Second “C”: Consistency!

This is the 2rd in a series: The 3 C’s of Success.

  1. Commitment
  2. Consistency
  3. Community

Discover how to go from CHAOS to ORDER – without burning out or running in circles!

Consistency is critical to creating space for effective learning environments.

Classroom expectations are important to academic achievement—consistent learning environments allow students to really thrive academically by providing time and space to focus on the academic material.

In this episode, Dr. Steven Greene explains why consistency is critical to doing well in school – & how to make it happen without headache!


Helpful mAke the grAde Resources mentioned on this podcast: 

“Maximum Education: The Ultimate Guide to Optimal Academics” on Amazon

Want to work with Steven Greene: 

Join the mAke the grAde Success Community  –
This is the ultimate success community for parents and students to get
the support that you need when you need it.

Not sure what to do – Book a call with Steven Greene – to discuss

Ep. 59 – The First “C”: Commitment

This is the 1st in a series: The 3 C’s of Success.

  1. Commitment
  2. Consistency
  3. Community

Commitment! The dreaded word.  But it doesn’t have to be a negative…

Would you say you usually complete your goals?

Commitment can be your friend, helping you focus on tasks, finish your projects, and show up in life.

In this episode you’ll discover why commitment is necessary for your success – how to get it and how to use it to your advantage.


Helpful mAke the grAde Resources mentioned on this podcast: 

“Maximum Education: The Ultimate Guide to Optimal Academics” on Amazon

Want to work with Steven Greene: 

Join the mAke the grAde Success Community  –
This is the ultimate success community for parents and students to get
the support that you need when you need it.

Not sure what to do – Book a call with Steven Greene – to discuss

Ep. 58 – Music Education: What You’re Missing with Jessica Peresta

Jessica Peresta is passionate about helping teachers and parents bring the love of music to kids.  After receiving her Bachelors of Music Education from Oral Roberts University in 2004, she went on to accompany the Tulsa Children’s Chorus, taught private piano lessons, and was an elementary music teacher for 7 years while starting the music program up from scratch at her school.  She went on to start The Domestic Musician, where she helps music teachers in their classrooms and parents bring piano lessons into their homes.  When she’s not talking about all things music education, you can find her playing with her 3 boys, drinking a cup of coffee, or watching her favorite Netflix series.

You can connect with Jessica here:

website:  www.thedomesticmusician.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/jessicaperesta

Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/thedomesticmusician

Piano Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/kidscanlearnpiano/

Music teacher Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/elementarymusicteachercommunity/

Why is Music Education so important?

How can you bring Music Education into your home as a parent?

How can you use Music Education to enhance your other academic subjects?


Helpful mAke the grAde Resources mentioned on this podcast: 

“Maximum Education: The Ultimate Guide to Optimal Academics” on Amazon

Want to work with Steven Greene: 

Join the mAke the grAde Success Community  –
This is the ultimate success community for parents and students to get
the support that you need when you need it.

Not sure what to do – Book a call with Steven Greene – to discuss

Virtual Learning- Is it Right for My Child? How to decide…

With schools being closed for the remainder of the school year, your child is most likely completing his or her school year online. This raises several questions:

How long this situation will last?
Will there be ‘regular school in the fall?
Will school be the same in the fall?
How will this affect my education in the long run?

Once school buildings reopen and students return to non-virtual learning, it is fair to wonder if it might be best for your children to continue their education online – in part or in whole. 

Is Virtual Learning Right for Your Child?

At this point due to the realities of life today virtual learning may be your child’s only educational option.  This may be done in a variety of ways which have been addressed in this blog and the mAke the grAde video library such as this video…

For the purpose of this article, let’s focus how your child will be getting educated and how they will be receiving information, and how well they can learn virtually.

For many students, interaction with other students and their teachers is paramount and these are inherently an integral part of the learning process, but that is not the case for everyone. Each student learns in a different way, whether it be visual, auditory, verbal or physical, (or a combination) so some children may prefer a more self-paced and independent home virtual learning option.

Some virtual classes have a teacher presenting the material either live or in an asynchronous manner, but most virtual curricula  require the student to work independently.  So while the instruction itself and the learning pacing may be preferred, it may still be difficult for students to learn and be free from distractions. So there are benefits and challenges.

I have addressed the need for the 5 structures for home / virtual learning in this podcast episode. They are critical for success regardless of the source of the information or the learning platform.

Older children are typically more independent and able to manage their time more efficiently while younger children will need help staying on a consistent schedule and maintaining a structure. As a parent, it is your responsibility to make sure your child has enough time and the proper structure to complete their assignments. and you will need to oversee the time they spend on the computer to make sure that they are staying on task.  You also need to consider that your kids will not have the same social engagements as they would in a physical classroom setting. Still, there is room for a flexible schedule and opportunity for social interaction with others outside of a classroom setting.

The Best Way for Your Child to Succeed in Virtual Learning

Again, the 5 structures are critical to success but, as a parent, to help your child succeed in a virtual classroom, you have to do some preparation and planning short term (daily) and longer term (weekly, monthly etc).  First, create physical structure – an area where they can work undisturbed.  Your children will also need to have the proper equipment, such as a computer, writing paper and pencils just like ‘school’.  Also create the time structure and do not neglect scheduling time in their day for them to go outside and play as well as for crafts or other fun activities.  Make a calendar for your children and create a schedule they can follow. All of these tools can help your child acclimate to a routine much like being in a physical school building.

Special Case = Options for Virtual SAT and ACT Preparation

Prepping for the SAT and ACT has always had a virtual / online component so there is much less adjustment for the students in these situation.  Further, there is a narrow and well defined curriculum used for test prep for both the SAT and ACT prep – which is to say that what the students need to learn does not vary.  Tutoring or online courses are available and specifically designed to prepare your child for these standardized tests have existed for years including a complete program at mAke the grAde which you can research here. 

Conclusion

Virtual home learning, when optional and not mandated, may be an option to explore.  In many cases, students enjoy the more independent nature of the academic pacing and style. There are challenges, such as needing structure and ensuring a complete curriculum, but the benefits may outweigh the downsides.

Ep. 57 – Why “Success” Should Have 3 C’s

I know you’re burning with curiosity with reading this title & I’ve got some great news for you..

You’re gonna have to check out this valuable & action-packed episode to figure out with the 3 C’s are ?

Helpful mAke the grAde Resources mentioned on this podcast: 

“Maximum Education: The Ultimate Guide to Optimal Academics” on Amazon

Want to work with Steven Greene: 

Join the mAke the grAde Success Community  – This is the ultimate success community for parents and students to get the support that you need when you need it.

Not sure what to do – Book a call with Steven Greene – to discuss

Ep. 56 – How to Fix Your Sleep Schedule Once & For All, feat. Vic Patalano

Medical fact: Improper sleep can have a deleterious effect on your child’s education and health. But this can be prevented.

In this episode Dr Greene hosts Certified Sleep Expert and Mattress purveyor Vic Patalano from Mattress Outlet of Abington to shares his insights on the importance of quality sleep, how sleep impacts learning and tips on getting the best sleep that you possibly can.

Vic discusses a proper pre-sleep ritual that you can easily do, as well as talking about what to avoid prior to bedtime, and how to create a quality sleep experience so you can work to your full potential every day.

You can connect with Vic Patalano at these sites mentioned in the podcast: www.vapmarketing.com or https://thebeddingconcierge.com/ or www.matlet.com or the Mattress Outless Facebook Page

Helpful mAke the grAde Resources mentioned on this podcast: 

“Maximum Education: The Ultimate Guide to Optimal Academics” on Amazon

Want to work with Steven Greene: 

Join the mAke the grAde Success Community  – This is the ultimate success community for parents and students to get the support that you need when you need it.

Not sure what to do – Book a call with Steven Greene – to discuss

Ep. 55 – The 5 Structures You Need to Learn – Effectively!

Structures are all about creating an environment that facilitates great learning – they make it easier & more effortless to excel in school.  Each of these structures is important as a stand alone feature, but more so, they work together to create a balanced and successful home learning environment. They are:

  1. Physical
  2. Time
  3. Academic
  4. Accountability
  5. Support

Read more here (this is a related blog post article)

https://makethegrade.net/2020/09/03/the-5-structures…eeds-for-success/

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Want to work with Steven Greene: 

Join the mAke the grAde Success Community  – This is the ultimate success community for parents and students to get the support that you need when you need it.

Not sure what to do – Book a call with Steven Greene – to discuss