Practical Strategies for Building School Culture

School culture has always been recognized as a vital foundation for student success but recent research findings have highlighted the power of school culture in ensuring staff and student success.

A consistent “mind set” among all school constituents can powerfully influence how students perceive their potential. However, before a unifying vision or “mind set” can be dispersed some other key building blocks to a successful school culture need to be in place.

In a recent webinar, Dr. Patrick Byrne, Learn It’s director of education, outlines several key strategies for building and maintaining school culture, including;

  1. Make time to meet and communicate as a leadership team
  2. Take time to evaluate how time is used throughout the school
  3. Ensure scheduled events are in place and planned properly
  4. Communicate and listen to all constituents.

Included in the presentation is a powerful video which demonstrates how a school can create a pervasive culture, a culture which makes a dramatic difference among students.

To view a replay of the webinar, click here.

Five Steps to Smarter Studying

Some advice for parents on helping their children study better.

  1. Pay Attention: Good Studying Starts in Class
  2. Here’s a riddle for you: Did you know that before your child even begins studying, they’ve already started? Huh? Here’s what we mean. When your child pays attention in class and takes good notes, they are starting the process of learning and studying. Make sure your child is sitting in a good seat that lets them pay attention.

  3. Plan Ahead and You’ll Be Glad You Did
  4. Waiting until Thursday night to study for Friday’s test will make for a homework night that’s no fun! It also make it hard to do your best. We’re all guilty of putting things off sometimes. One of the best ways to make sure that doesn’t happen is to plan ahead. Provide your child with a cool calendar and write down your child’s test and assignment due dates. They can then plan hoe much to do after school each day, and how much time to spend on each topic.

  5. Sleep Tight!
  6. So the test is tomorrow and your child(ren) followed their study plan — but suddenly they can’t remember anything, not even 2+2! Tell them not to panic. Their brain needs time to digest all the information they’ve given it. Encourage your child to get a good night’s sleep and they’ll be surprised by what comes back to them in the morning.

  7. Good Notes = Easier Studying
  8. Is your child not sure how to take notes? Share with them this tip! Start by writing down facts that your teacher mentions or writes on the board during class. Try your best to use good handwriting so you can read your notes later. It’s also a good idea to keep your notes, quizzes, and papers organized by subject.

  9. Lose the Confusion — Ask for Help
  10. Student’s can’t study effectively if they don’t understand the material. Be sure to ask your child’s teacher for help if they’re confused about something. If a skill is hard or doesn’t make sense, have your child ask their teacher to go over it with them again. This may mean staying after school or arriving early. 

Test Taking Tips

Here are some simple ideas for educators and parents to help kids get ready for tests.

  • Eat a good breakfast each morning.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Do not get anxious about the test which will help your child be at ease.
  • Encourage them to do their best.
  • Provide books, magazines, and other reading material at home.
  • Make sure your child arrives at school on time.
  • Ensure they have pencils and erasers.