I rarely write personal stories on Minds in Bloom, but in addition to being over the moon about my daughter’s grades, there is a good takeaway for parents, so please bear with me (or just skip to the last paragraph for the takeaway).
Before this school year my daughter Lucy’s academic career was far from stellar. She was at best a C student with little motivation to do better. Then, last summer on the way home from a road trip we visited a university campus with her older brother who was a high school senior. An enthusiastic blond student gave us a tour and she did a terrific job of telling us all about how awesome college life is. While this didn’t impress my son much (he choose a different college) it did leave a lasting impression on my daughter who was going into her high school freshmen year. A few months later, we visited another university (my own Alma mater), and Lucy got to stay over night in the dorm with a family friend who is a freshman there. Of course, she had an amazing time and decided that she wants to go there. While this school isn’t the UW, it is not an easy school to get into.
This year, Lucy’s academic life changed dramatically. She has gotten straight A’s. And at the Recognition Assembly at the end of the year, she got special recognition certificates from four of her six teachers. But even better than the grades, she has developed a real love of learning. She frequently shares what she has been learning with me and reads me her papers. This never used to happen.
So, here is my advice to all you parents of teenagers. Don’t wait until junior or senior year to visit colleges. The summer before ninth grade is the perfect time. The universities in our state (Washington) all have short tours you can take, which for most ninth graders is probably a better option than the whole day seminar/tour that seniors often opt for. Maybe Lucy would have decided to apply herself without the visits…but they certainly helped!
I will be at ISTE in San Antonio next week. If you are going, I would love to chat with you! I will be mostly attending sessions, but also vending for Boom Learning in the Start Up Pavilion. ... See MoreSee Less
If you own this set of task cards (as well as several others) you can now get the digital Boom Cards version for free! Just download the product from you purchases page to get the link. I have added digital options to several of my sets, so be sure to see if you own one. Your students will LOVE it!
These 32 short passage drawing conclusions task cards are a great way to practice inference, which can be one of the trickier reading strategies. The multiple choice format makes them ideal for test prep. Students can use these cards individually at a center