Tools of the Mind Student achievement for children is dependent upon the mental processes that are developed and nurtured through educators, culture, and society. Society plays a major role in cognitive human growth and development. It is important for educators to understand that children need opportunities to develop and expand their cognitive abilities. Vygotsky’s theory about mental tools suggest that every child has the ability to develop skills that will enable them to think in complex ways.
Instruction is no longer a linear process, as knowledge is gained through active engagement-play, direct experience, and social interaction. Students drive instruction as the questions that they pose are integrated into the learning process. Learning is encouraged to take place through interdisciplinary channels. Again, it is not a linear process. Disciplines are integrated to allow children to make connections. Assessment is an important instructional tool because it is progress-oriented. The data derived from formative and summative benchmarks is used to not only measure student progress, but also as a prescriptive measure when remediation is needed. Academic success is no longer viewed as a competition based on recall, memory, and rote means of instruction. Collaboration and cooperative learning are fundamentals for learning. They encourage not only student growth, but also develop life-long social skills.
Prompt 5: Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?
Samuel Pryer Greta Skogseth ENGL 101 Online Nov 9. 2014 How the educational system can effectively promote student success in college "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be" (Thomas Jefferson). As members of a democracy we have a responsibility to educate ourselves. This is one of the reasons why in the 21st century, such a big emphasis is put on pursuing an education. The main reason is that it is seen by many as the only way to get a middle class job and live out the American dream. Unfortunately, something is not right in the education system. After six years in college, only 53 percent of students are able to graduate (Burke, 1). All students, whether they graduated or not, are ending up with enormous amounts of debt. On top of that, even the students who are graduating are struggling to find jobs and pay back their student loans.
To achieve student success, I thought students had to be part of an extracurricular activity or take AP classes everyone else was afraid to take, or maybe even do both at the same time and still keep their grades stable and participate in the clubs or sports that they’re in. All the research came from watching a research documentary and from reading research articles. Luckily I was partially correct, the reason this is because Anaheim schools can improve student success if the following changes take place: shorter summer vacations, congratulating and complimenting students for their hard work instead of complimenting how smart they are, and by making it mandatory that students are part of a club or sport.
Academic success has always been on the student and what he or she believes to be right. Some students are more hardworking than others which is why they’re able to achieve their goals. These are the students you see coming after school to get help with homework, constantly asking questions and trying to get the help from others that do understand the material. Many believe that it’s always on the student and the effort they put into their academics that determine their future and the success they deserve. After going through various sources and collecting data from different pieces of writing the only conclusion that was possible to find was that success is determined by not only the student but the environment they’re in which includes
A college campus is purposefully built to help students succeed. Many campuses include a library, sports fields, computer labs, a gym, among other shops, food vendors, and resources for students. It is safe to make the claim that a college library is the most useful building on a college campus.
B.F. Skinner and J. Dewey would like the high student achievement rates that KIPP schools produce, but they would commend this for different reasons. Beyond this similarity, they would diverge in approving different aspects of KIPP schools. Both would also like improvements in different aspects of KIPP schools in line with their distinct educational philosophies.
When I received the letter on the 21st informing me of my unsatisfactory academic progress this last semester, I was deeply saddened, and is wishing for you the Examination Board to let me continue completing my degree for next semester. I don’t really mean to make excuses for my poor academic performances, but I did have a very difficult time last semester and my grades suffered as a result even though I’ve repeated that paper twice (Strategic Management). I would like to explain myself and the reason for my unsatisfactory academic result and circumstances.
Do you believe the amount of time spent at school influences how smart you are or how well you do in school? At Anaheim High School if you ask students if they study at home, maybe about 50% of the students will tell you that they do and the other 50% will tell you that they do, but not as often as they should be. Majority of the students do very well on tests and other academic categories, but is all the material they are learning staying in their memory? There is only six hours of school, five days a week. It is most likely that not all of the information we have been told on a daily basis will stay in our memory for the next day. In order to increase student success at Anaheim High School, they should increase the time in class. In the essay “Marita’s Bargain” written by Gladwell, it states that when they increased the amount of time their students spent in each class, it helped them enhance in different academic categories, “I think that extended amount of time gives you the chance as a teacher to explain things, and more time for the kids to sit and digest everything that’s going on - to review, to do things at a much slower pace” (10). This is clarifying the idea that the more time you have in class it gives you the opportunity to process every bit of information you are given. You do not have to rush throughout your work or feel pressured to finish your assignments on time. This concept should be encouraged in order to improve the consistency in the students GPA’s.
There are many aspects that go into a student success. Many of the skills learned from Kindergarten through twelfth grade just are not efficient enough to help you achieve your goals after a student enters college. Our primary education has thought us many things, but what our teachers neglected was to prepare us for much upper level thinking. Professors can help support a student through college by focusing on critically thinking, communication and teamwork skills in order support the success of a student.
As a student at a high-achieving middle school school where high grades and academic excellence are stressed, I often feel pressure to exceed standards set for my level of education. There are many nights, as an eighth grader, that I have pulled all-nighters not because I wasn’t done with a project, but because I wanted it to stand out. For me, finishing a project isn’t enough, I feel pressure to do better than my classmates. After I finish it I have to proofread it several times and I usually find many things that could be fixed. This leads me to stay up in the wee hours of the morning fixing everything I could possibly get downgraded for. Usually the next day, I am extremely fatigued and it is difficult to pay attention and learn in class. Many other students at my school and worldwide experience similar situations. In today’s society being “good” at something is not enough. We strive to be better than everyone else at what we do. While this is sometimes a good thing, it is having a negative effect on schoolchildren. Parents need to stop putting so much academic pressure on kids because it is damaging their children. Pressure from school can cause depression, lead to cheating, and force kids to grow up too fast.
Academic Resilience is a process which refers to students who face risk factors and succeeds academically where the achievement gap claims they should fail. These students face risk factors such as racism, violence, and low socio-economic status and still manage to excel academically. Resilience Theory addresses that people demonstrate to
Metacognition has been described by Soiferman (2015c) as thinking about thinking. To go more in depth than that, metacognition is one’s ability to understand what they know and how to adjust and improve their own learning. This can be done by teaching students to recognize how it is they think and learn and giving them the resources necessary to self-monitor their own progress, thereby allowing them to see improvement and adjust their methods as they see fit to continue improving. The ways in which metacognition can help improve a student’s learning is by allowing students to find out what kind of learning method is best suited to them, how to adapt to different teaching methods, and teaching them how to self-monitor their own learning.
Earning an "A", "B", or even "C" in an educational course shows understanding of the course 's objectives. Even though the three grading scale letters are in different ranks, the one common element they all share is that the student is passing or has passed their course. However, studies have shown that in American colleges grades have dropped progressively in recent years. College students depart from their institutions for different causes and poor academic performance is one of them. Rather it is being worked over time managing, losing interest in their learning priority, or distracting oneself over other non-educational wants, students will most likely fail themselves for losing focus on their learning subjects. Academic performance can be improved by the installation of cash, the concession of allowing students to scrutinize each other 's assignments and exams, and the establishment of diurnal collaborative learning sessions.