Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Student Success

Following up on Tips For Success In School I wish to focus on student success. As teachers everything we do needs to support our students' pursuit of success. However, we are only part of the solution. 

Our society is asking us to educate. Unfortunately society is sending us unhealthy students who are not ready to learn. Most students are tired and hungry when they arrive at school. These same students lack energy and have not done their homework. 

Each family needs to set up a workable schedule. The schedule should include designated study time and sleep time. Eating breakfast is not an option. Making good choices at lunch is  important. Drinking water is critical. If a student is not taking physical education classes at least three times a week, then the family schedule needs to include additional exercise time.

Here are the Tips For Success In School again. Consider the number of issues which would be minimized or eliminated if these five things happened daily for students.

1. Complete all homework on time.
2. Get eight to nine hours of sleep each night.
3. Eat a healthy breakfast.
4. Eat a healthy lunch.
5. Exercise 45 minutes three times a week.

Before we talk about other issues that impact student success, let's ensure these five things are in place. From a strong foundation, great things will be achieved. From a weak foundation, we will keep getting what we get.

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