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EP10: Whose Project Is This?

It’s your child’s project. Every parent wants their child to be successful, especially when it comes to big school projects. In this episodeAnnie, Kate, and Reggie are back to weigh in on why and how parents can slowly back away from the project table.  

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HOW TO HELP WITH BIG HOMEWORK PROJECTS

Source: Scholastic.com

The contest to create the best visual often prompts many parents to get overly involved in their kids’ school projects. But teachers say that by doing so, parents are missing the big picture. The ultimate goal isn’t how beautiful the project is; it’s the lesson the kids ultimately learn about taking the necessary steps — from research to presentation — to reach the end result.

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THE DARK TRUTH ABOUT THOSE BIG HOMEWORK PROJECTS

Source: Hank Pellissier, Greatschools.org

“Parents can be available as a resource,” Dweck says, “to discuss the nature of the assignment, be a sounding board for ideas, and reflect back to the children what they are hearing. But that’s it,” she adds. “Helping too much with a big project sends a bad message that the child is not capable, and the child will doubt their own abilities. These are the kids who never gain confidence.”

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TIPS FOR A LEARNING COACH

You coach your child every day and it started at infancy. You coach every time you speak to your child, play, or read with them. You are constantly modeling behavior you want your child to learn. So how does this translate to coaching learning?

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