Positive Involvement : How to Teach Your Child Habits for School Success

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Positive Involvement is designed to convince parents that they need to be involved in their child's learning and it is written to show them how to be both positive and effective in that involvement. As one reviewer wrote, 'The basic premise of the book is that school success is based on and should be measured by the child's own hard work. Helping a child learn the habit of work is key to doing well in school... and in life.' The book addresses how to gain a vision of what the parent wants for the child from the school experience; how to effectively encourage the child's efforts by making homework/learning a habit; how to master and use study tools that work. One parent, Lori Puente, after applying what she had learned from this book wrote, 'My child went from complaining about doing his homework to being a seff-sufficient, hardworking, conscientious child I'm immensely proud of.' Commenting on the book in Newsweek, Robert Samuelson wrote that it is common sense that parents play a critical role in learning. 'It raises academic performance and nurtures the skills (discipline, perseverance) required for success in life and on the job.'

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Jack and Marsha Youngblood have extensive experience with school/university administration, teaching, parenting, learning strategies, and writing. They have worked in public, private and international schools. From 1977 to 1991, they went from suburuban Maryland to an international boarding school located at 6500 feet in the Indian Himalayan Mountains, and from there to U.S. State Department schools in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Jack, a high school administrator in Prince George's County, Maryland, holds a Certificate in School Administration from Johns Hopkins and a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. He has given numerous workshops and individual coaching sessions for parents looking to work effectively with their children on schoolwork. Marsha, director of the Center for Academic Success at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland, holds a master's in linguistics from University of California, Davis, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She has spent over 20 years teaching English in middle school through college and 12 years administering academic support programs in higher education.

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The true inputs to education are students hard work, quality teaching, rigorous standards and parental involvement. When they are missing, money and reorganization can t compensate. In some ways, public opinion is the biggest obstacle to better schools. Our delusion is that the schools are solely responsible for educating our children, and that asks too much of schools. In a self-published book, educators Jack and Marsha Youngblood argue that parents play a critical role by helping their children cultivate study habits. This is common sense. It raises academic performance and nurtures the skills (discipline, perseverance) required for success in life and on the job. But as the Youngbloods write, parents can t simply command good study habits. Doing so requires personal commitment taking time to help, being patient and abstaining from watching TV while children study. --From a Newsweek article by Robert Samuelson

Parents are their childs first teachers. Becoming positively involved in their childs schoolwork is one of the most important decisions parents will make in ensuring a childs success. Moreover, research shows that children want their parents to help them direct their lives. In their book Positive Involvement, education experts Jack and Marsha Youngblood provide the crucial link for parents between what they have forgotten from their early parenting skills and what they want to learn about fostering their child s good study and work habits. Jack is a public school administrator, Acting Principal, of a 9th grade academy at Bowie High School in Bowie, Maryland, and Marsha is a university administrator at the Universities of Shady Grove, a regional higher education center in Rockville, Maryland. When parents are informed and involved, the book asserts, children will develop the habits they need to achieve in school (and in life); and the authors provide ample research and solutions to accomplish this. Positive Involvement provides information on: -Setting goals -Encouraging children s efforts -Establishing the homework habit -Applying tools for effective studying -Managing time The final section presents proven techniques for study strategies and describes two established programs that make positive involvement easy for parents. This book is a must-read for parents concerned about their child s education and learning habits. --The Baltimore Sun, reviewer Susan Rapp

Here s the problem. Your children are in a good school. They signal that they need independence from parental involvement. What do you do? Is it time to put your children in the care of the school and let them sink or swim on their own? Jack and Marsha Youngblood have many times dealt with the problems that result when parents take a hands off approach to school. Jack is the Acting Principal of the Bowie High School Belair Annex, a 9th grade academy in Bowie, Maryland. Marsha is the Director of the Center for Academic Success at the Universities of Shady Grove, a regional higher education center in Rockville, Maryland. Their book, Positive Involvement: How to Teach Your Child Habits for School Success is a must-read for every concerned parent. The basic premise of the book is that school success is based on and should be measured by the child s own hard work. Helping a child learn the habit of work is key to doing well in school, and it s the parent s role. They are the ones best able to motivate their child to develop strong work habits that are necessary. Parents already know how to motivate their child, but may not have applied what they know to schoolwork. Having just had one daughter graduate from high school and another a sophomore, our family has struggled with the issue of how parents should help. It s been a rocky road, but the insights in this book ring true based on our experience. I only wish we had read it several years ago. The book is a cram course for parents to relearn (or reinforce) the need to be positively involved in their child s education. Full of practical ideas for setting goals, developing a strategy, and using tools, it s a quick and easy read. But, the authors emphasize that there are no quick solutions. Getting results requires parents to be engaged and committed for the long haul. Success also requires both parents pull in the same direction. A strong plus for the book is that it can easily serve to focus a discussion between parents to help them agree on their objectives and strategies. --The International Educator, reviewer Tim McChesney

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