Why You Still Need a Village to Raise a Teen [011]

Why You Still Need a Village to Raise a Teen [011]

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When you feel like you have a teenager that doesn’t care, you find yourself taking it personally.  Why doesn’t my kiddo listen?  Why does he think I am dumber than a rock?  It hurts for sure.

On season 3 of Superstore, there was this episode where Amy has her daughter start working at the store.  Her daughter is the worst employee.  She stands around and plays on her phone, rolls her eyes at people, and ignores customer requests.  Amy has had it and in a moment of frustration, she turns to her manager Glenn.

Um…Are You Stupid?

I love the conversation here because her boss asks her pointedly, “Amy, are you stupid? She’s a teenager.”  It clicks for Amy as to why her daughter is such a pain.  She’s a teenager.

I may have laughed a little too hard at this scene and my own teenager remarked, “Geez, mom.  You really liked that one.”

It’s such a good reminder that teens haven’t evolved.  They still do the same behaviors as we did growing up.

Good thing Glenn is part of Amy’s village.  She needed that reminder!  Even though this was fictional, I needed the reminder too.

Why a village helps with a teenager that doesn’t care

I’ve been growing my village to influence my own teenager son.  Recently, I hired Seth Perler to help with study skills.  It’s been going well, but we are in the dip again.  It’s not as severe, but doable.

My son came to me frustrated the other night about school.  He wanted to sit and complain about how bad the teachers were.  I wasn’t in the mood for complaining and told him to either sit here to make a plan to fix it (a tip from Michelle Icard) or go to bed.

After a few minutes of silence, he told me what he wished could change about next semester.  He had a plan that went like this:

  • Move from regular science to honors science
  • Move from regular math to honors math
  • Keep Spanish class at the end of the day

He shared that he is realizing if he is in honor’s classes, he won’t have to wait for the other kids to get on task.  The students around him in higher level classes care about being there  (I did an internal fist pump here).

I loved his plan.  I wasn’t sure if we could make any of it happen.  I emailed the counselor and got an appointment for the next day.

My son joined us for this meeting and I had him share his plan.  I was there for support and clarification, not to run the meeting.  What happened during the next 30 minutes, I will ever be grateful for!  She helped him to keep Spanish at the end of the day.  My son knew he works better in this time slot than he has at other times.  SCORE!  This meant that he would have to drop art and be a teacher’s assistant instead.

My Internal Fist Pump

Next, they moved onto science.  She saw that he handles that class well and that the teacher last year recommended it, but my son turned it down.  She put in a request to move him (another internal fist pump).

Then it was math.  She pulled up his scores and told him that it all depended on how he was doing in class.  She quickly saw that he scores high on tests, but struggles to get the work in.  She turned the screen towards him and said almost word for word what I have said about class work getting turned in (internal fist pump and jump).

He nodded.  I could see it click.  She told him to wait to join the honors class so that he doesn’t find himself in level 2 of calculus his senior year.  Finally, she shared that shooting to join honors math his 9th-grade year is best as he will finish with an AP calculus class which is more manageable.

The Cherry on the Top!

Then she went above and beyond in her job!  This lovely counselor took the time to talk about his high school/college strategy:

  • What is he interested in?
  • Which classes should he get done his freshman year?
  • What will help him most in college?

Relief swept across me as he got to see in real time, his own problem he solved…be solved.  He was happy.  I am ecstatic!  We needed this counselor so much to shed some light and say the same things I have been saying again—so he would hear it.

Who’s in your village?

We now have the following people in our village:

  1. Coach (Seth Perler)
  2. An awesome school counselor
  3. Family Friends
  4. Church Leaders

If you’d like someone to be a coach or tutor for your child, be sure to connect with one of our tutors here.

Adrianne Meldrum

Adrianne Meldrum

Owner of Math for Middles

I’m the owner and creator of the math videos here at Math for Middles.  I’ve tutored students for over ten years.  When I am not creating here, you’ll find me down by the river with my family.  You can read more about me here and how I once was a middle schooler too.
Unlock the Secret to Fractions with These 3 Weird Rules

Unlock the Secret to Fractions with These 3 Weird Rules

I have to say it: fractions are the number one topic I re-teach at all levels. Doesn’t matter if they are in elementary school, high school, or college. Folks just get flustered with fractions. My students will be bopping along doing math problems and then halt due to a fraction popping up.

At one time in my life, I thought I was bad at math. Yep, fractions used to scare me too until I finally mastered these 3 fraction rules. Now I look like a math magician when I apply these rules instead of a deer in headlights.

I want this for you. I want this for your kiddo. I want this for every person on the planet! Because fractions are super cool and mega helpful.

 

Fraction Rule #1

Any number written over itself is the same as one.

AKA:  Copycat ONE

I’m in LOVE with the number one because I can write it infinitely many different ways.

The last fraction may have you pounding your head against the wall.  There is a quantity of one in disguise down in the denominator.  This is the factored version of the numerator.  I took a factor of 2 and divided it out of each of the terms.  Same quantity, just written differently.

We use this rule to create equivalent fractions, to simplifying fractions and find hidden quantities of one like the doozy of a fraction I just showed you a moment ago.

Fraction Rule #2

Any number written over 1, does not change its value.

AKA:  Phat Cat

This rule allows me to change any whole number into a fraction so that I can use copycat one to make common denominators, multiply a fraction by a whole number, and so much more.  I call these type of fraction a phat cat.

 

 

 

 

My quantity doesn’t change.  The numerator is improper meaning that it is larger than the denominator.  I like to call this type phat cat.  It is excellent to be able to change any regular old number into a fraction with this simple rule.

We use this rule to multiply whole numbers by a fraction, divide whole numbers by a fraction, and even make equivalent fractions.  All of these you can learn by watching my fraction class but let’s continue on to the last rule.

 

Fraction Rule #3

If the product of two fractions is one, they are reciprocals of each other.

AKA:  Cool Cat

Product means we multiply the fractions.  A reciprocal allows us to “undo” a fraction and come out of fraction land.

I call this type of fraction a cool cat fraction.  You know because it’s super cool to be able to get away from fractions and do some basic math stuff right?

When we multiply fractions, we multiply the numerators (the number on the top) to each other and write it in a new fraction.  Then we do the same with the denominator (the number on the bottom).  This creates a copycat one (fraction rule #1) and we know that means we have a quantity of one.

This rule is used a ton in higher levels of math.  We see it with equations, factoring polynomials, graphing, and so much more.  In this example, you can see how cool cat is used to isolate the variable so we can find out its value.

I’m on a quest to help middle schoolers master fractions so they can feel like a math magician from here on out and not a deer in the headlights.  Don’t let fractions mow down your kiddo’s math confidence.

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Adrianne Meldrum

Owner of Math for Middles

I’m the owner and creator of the math videos here at Math for Middles.  I’ve tutored students for over ten years.  When I am not creating here, you’ll find me down by the river with my family.  You can read more about me here and how I once was a middle schooler too.

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5 Overlooked Organizing Strategies for Teens [010]

5 Overlooked Organizing Strategies for Teens [010]

One of my favorite shows is The Middle on ABC as they seem to have the pulse on what it’s like to live in most American homes these days.  A good friend of mine once told me, “Sometimes it hits too close to home.  It reminds me that I really am this ridiculous.”

During Season 2, the Heck’s decided to take on spring cleaning by moving everything to the front lawn for sorting purposes.  They call it quits late that night only to rise the next day to find more junk piled on by the neighbors.  This episode definitely touches a pain point for many families including me!

organizing strategies for teens

Organization at its finest!

Many of the bad habits we foster in middle school come become increasingly difficult to ditch as an adult.  Organization skills are often a pain point for many families that started in their youth.  Meet Karen Tennant, a student and family organizer.  We discuss on the podcast how we can help our teens be more organized.  Read or listen in!

1 – Lack of Organization is most likely NOT the Teen’s Fault

Scientists generally agree that the frontal brain systems play a key role in the development of executive function (organization) skills.  These skills help you manage life tasks of all types.  From organizing a trip, researching a project, completing a paper for school, to keeping a bedroom clean.  During the preteen years, the brain is preparing itself for the development of these skills in later teen years.

The prefrontal systems are among the last to develop and may not be complete until their mid 20’s.  So this means we need to have patience with the development of these skills as things are a bit messed up in the front part of the brain.  As kids enter middle school, even children with normal functioning may not be able to handle the demands of multiple teacher and classes.  There is an increased expectation put on them that they have to be taught to handle.

Keep in mind that some kids are late bloomers and that your strength may be your child’s weakness.  We do know that teenagers who practice executive skills are not only learning self-management and independence but are in the process of developing brain structures that will support these skills later in adolescence and adulthood.

2 – Need Systems that Work for the Teen Brain

Karen mentions many systems that need to be looked at.  Investigate these 3 areas to find weaknesses and strengths:

Organization

  • Leave the backpack; evolve to 1 binder (FREEDOM!)
  • Have a homework system integrated with the binder
  • Put a study workspace in place—mobile or desk
  • Schoolwork Filing System
  • Planner and Time Scheduler
  • Study Skills
  • Accountability with 3rd neutral party (tutor or family friend)
  • Test Strategy
  • Note areas of continuous improvement
  • Weekly meetings

Note from Adrianne:  We’ve been doing most of these this school year.  We are having much better grades and attitude towards school using the organization tips I shared here.

Planning

  • Use a family calendar to plan activities
  • Parents need to model good planning strategies
  • Be sure to schedule fun activities as well as work and study time
  • Use a planner of some kind to schedule important tasks, estimate time, record actual
    times, track homework assignments and chores. Check off completed items.
  • Teach long-term planning for projects breaking into manageable chunks
  • Use a whiteboard to map long-term projects into a flowchart
  • Prioritize tasks based on due dates and importance

Homework

  • Help your kids to prioritize homework based on due dates, and their difficulty level or
    the level of stress that will be created
  • Help them to sequence tasks logically
  • Teach kids to review homework and gather materials needed before starting
  • Determine the most comfortable place to do homework and have commonly used items
    available there
  • Set up a daily homework time that is consistent.
    • Provide verbal reminders until the behavior becomes routine (no matter how
      long it takes)
    • Chunk time with a timer
  • Sit down every day with child and review homework assignments, setting a plan for the
    day

3 – Need a Growth Mindset (Attitude)

Kids will say ”I can do this” or “I can’t do this”. Listen to them and talk about it with no judgment.  Adults can help by modeling positive behavior toward difficult tasks.  Avoid yelling and nagging.  Being angry does NOT help.  Display organization yourself in your daily life and housekeeping.  What your children see and hear is what they believe to be right and true.

Asking questions can be very revealing.  Truly listen as you ask these questions:

  1. How do you feel when your teacher assigns a project due next week?
  2. How do you start a project?
  3. When you start a project at the last minute, do you think it affects your grade?
  4. How would you feel if you finished a project early?

Use the word YET.  When your child complains they can’t do something, get in the habit of encouraging them to add the little word yet to the end of their sentence.  “I can’t do this math…yet.”  It gives breathing room and shifts the mindset.

4 – Tenacity or GRIT

Grit is passion and perseverance for long-term goals.  It’s the ability to stick with something even when it gets hard, loses its luster, or seems to be pointless.  Stamina against the displeasure and results that take longer than expected.

Science doesn’t know exactly how grit is obtained, but growth mindset contributes to it.  Teach your teen about how the brain develops.  Talk about how failure is not a permanent condition, we can find success for ourselves as we stick with things.

  • Don’t give up—-keep moving forward
  • If you are a 2 parent team, always show a united front even if you don’t always
    agree—ALWAYS stick together.
  • Every person needs a cheerleader—someone who believes in him no matter what
  • Stay calm—-anger only promotes more anger
  • It’s your child—–NEVER GIVE UP

Note from Adrianne:  In our household, we have a family motto:  Wholeheartedly and to Completion.  This means we give it our best and we finish it all the way.  What does that look like at our house?  Kids help wash the dishes from dinner AND dry the dishes AND put them away.  It’s a quick way to visually see that we finished the task to completion.

Anytime we sign up for a sport, we talk about how they got to give it their all and complete it.  Finish it all the way.  We are not perfect at this, but we strive to model what completion looks like in our home, work, and community.

5 – Make Every Success Count

  • Kevin Leman says, “A little rah-rah never hurt anybody
  • When your child does ANYTHING well, celebrate it
  • Make sure he is sure that you are proud of WHO he is, not what he does.
  • How you think about your child, talk to and about your child, and communicate with her will
    establish their trust and your relationship for a lifetime.
  • Reward each success, no matter how small, with an investment of YOU.

How do I get my teen to “buy into” learning organization?

  1. Parents must set the example—kids will not “buy in” to something that their parents don’t
    value. The kids must also value the goal. Positive reinforcement for a specific behavior shines
    a spotlight on the goal, and it helps the child maintain interest and sustain the effort.
  2. What they are about to do isn’t all fun and games. Let him know that you completely believe
    in him and hold him accountable.
  3. Respect him for his weaknesses and his strengths. Let him know that excuses only make him
    weak. Teens want to feel independent and not weak.
  4. Talk about real life and what he wants from life.
  5. Bring in a third party such as a teacher/tutor to teach the mechanics of organizing and hold him
    accountable during the learning process. Make sure it is someone who will work with the
    individual learning/organizing style since everyone is different.

Start with an Easy Win

This may all seem a little overwhelming, but here are some ideas for an easy win to get started with organization:

  • Work in tiny steps and use a fun reward for each tiny step
  • Use anything positive that happens to the kid whether it is academic or not and celebrate
  • Really talk with your teen about something he would like to have or do within reason. Set it as
    a goal. Then set tiny steps to move toward the big goal, and celebrate each tiny step until the
    big goal is reached
  • As a parent find out what would feel like a victory for your child

Remember that change of any kind is hard. It will not be quick or easy. It takes action to move forward. Have fun and be courageous and persistent even when you don’t know the outcome.

Parents understand that the student is trying to launch into the future which they need to do. It
is a struggle because habits must change. And it is messy with 1 step forward and 2 steps back
for a while. Celebrate the 1 step forward and encourage during the 2 steps back. Don’t get
discouraged. You’re the parent—You set the tone.

Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet. Parents just need to talk, relate, counsel mentor, and
provide a secure, stable base. Don’t let your teen provoke you into an argument because
neither of you will win.

What Do I Do if I Struggle with Organization?

In order to help the child, the parent must address and understand their own problem of
organization.  Children model what they see and hear. A parent can’t expect the child to do well at
organization skills in school if he doesn’t see you setting a good example.

It is best to hire a professional organizer to teach the parent how to organize and maintain that
organized life by putting systems in place. This is the best way to show the student how to use
a system that works best for him. Then hire another or the same professional organizer to set
up a system for the student. They go hand in hand.

Karen Tennant is a former classroom teacher with a Master’s in Education.  For many years Karen was an academic tutor but transitioned into professional organizing as she saw many students lacked the skills to turn in homework or handle the school load.  As a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers, Karen has the skills and tools to help teens and families reach their personal goals.  Connect with Karen at studentorganizingonline.com

 

 

organizing strategies for teens

Good luck with all things organizing!

Adrianne Meldrum

Adrianne Meldrum

Owner of Math for Middles

I’m the owner and creator of the math videos here at Math for Middles.  I’ve tutored students for over ten years.  When I am not creating here, you’ll find me down by the river with my family.  You can read more about me here and how I once was a middle schooler too.
Conquer Disorganization and Homework Angst This Year [009]

Conquer Disorganization and Homework Angst This Year [009]

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All I want to do is climb back into bed and veg. It has been a great summer, but I am wiped out. My stomach feels like a pretzel as I worry about my two oldest boys going to middle school.

Tightening Twists of Worry

Tightening Twists of Worry

Most of my worries are centered on my oldest son.  In years past we dealt with disorganization and homework issues all too often.

Worries That Make My Stomach Twist:

  • Will this year be a repeat of the last two?
  • Will he stay on top of his work?
  • Will he ever put that phone down?
  • Will we battle more than I care to?
  • Did I prepare him enough?

Before I share how we prepared, I want to travel back in time and share with you the last two years have been like for our family.

Time Travel!

Time Travel!

Smart but Scattered

My son is super smart and homework doesn’t reflect what he knows as he performs well on all of his tests.

There would be times I didn’t worry or check in on his grades as he would come home and happily report he got an A on his math test.

But then I’d be so frustrated because I’d log in to check on his grades only to see a bunch of zeros and 100% on tests. Keeping my botox brow intact at moments like that was impossible.

Disorganization and Homework…just…SUCKS!

One could argue that homework is a waste of this kid’s mental capacity (science is backing me up on this). He absorbs a lot of information by listening and seeing, which means he doesn’t need a lot of time for practice.

This combination of strengths though leaves him vulnerable in the traditional school system where grades are based on homework and tests. Instead of viewing a test score as a reflection of his ability, my son looks at his overall grades and thinks he isn’t smart–even though all his testing says otherwise.

It’s frustrating that my kid is punished because of poor habits. When he doesn’t turn in homework it reflects in his grades even though we all know he is smart, but scattered.

We use a lot of humor to deal with difficult situations. As I pondered our problem this school year, I thought of Steve Martin’s El Guapo speech in Three Amigos!


Each of Us Has an El Guapo to Face! Ours is Time Management & Organization

Our Plan to Overthrow El Guapo:

Over the past two years, I’ve noticed some patterns:

Problem: Binders

My son doesn’t like traditional binders. For some reason, if it requires two hands to get the paper put away it won’t happen. His binder was a mess. Right before the end of the year, I went through all of the papers and organized them according to the subject. I saw duplicates and partially completed homework. He had no clue what was in his binder!

Solution: Accordion File Folder

This year he opted for a folder system with an in/out section for each class period with the exception of PE and Lunch. The ability to drop in a slot and go appealed to him.

In the front of the folder, he has his schedule, monthly planner, and some lined paper for notes. I worry that he won’t take the time to really pay attention to what piece of paper goes where and he will shove them all in as he gathers his stuff to head to the next class.

But the goal is for him to put all papers he receives during that period in the IN section. When he gets home, pulls out this pile for each class and goes through to do homework, get papers signed and such. When an assignment is complete, he’ll put it in the out folder so that all he has to do is grab it to turn it in.

Problem: No-Name Papers

Another big culprit last year was writing his name on papers. As I was sorting, I also saw that he struggled to write his name on everything. In an effort to avoid summer school, I wrote his name on all papers.

Solution: Name Stamper

We opted to get a name stamper so he could just quickly stamp all the papers that come to his desk so he doesn’t have to overthink it. I like the idea as it has a ritual and sensory input too, but I am not sure this teenage boy will be able to not be obnoxious with this stamper. I’m envisioning he will be tempted to stamp his friends or his arm a bunch of times. Stuff like that means he is going to get it taken away. Hopefully, he will just be chill about it.

Keep the Name Stamper Simple

Staples Name Stamp (click to buy)

Problem: Backpack Clutter

Last year, his backpack had things molding at the bottom, a fine dust that I couldn’t identify, and crumpled papers in every pocket.

Solution: Backpack with Fewer Pockets

By having fewer places to put things, it will be less likely items will get lost and hopefully cleaned out more often. We almost chose a simple sling backpack, but ultimately chose not to as the bottom wasn’t strong enough to handle textbooks. I knew we would be replacing it too often during the year.

Classic Addidas Backpack

Classic Addidas Backpack (click to buy)

Problem: Tracking Assignments

Even though he had a planner last year, he didn’t write much down and his teachers were not good at keeping their website up to date with assignments.

Solution: Simplified Planner

Instead of buying the school planner, we bought a leather-bound monthly academic planner. This way he only has to worry about the information on a two-page spread instead of keeping track of items by the week.

We ripped out pages he didn’t need and then marked days off from school and other vacations we had planned for this year.

Finally, I taught him some shorthand for writing assignments.

The Genius Behind these Changes

All of these suggestions we are taking directly from Seth Perler, executive function coach. I met with Seth at the end of last year because my son was on the verge again of failing his classes which meant summer school. None of us wanted to do summer school.

His ideas and suggestions for avoiding summer school totally worked! My son even earned “Most Improved” in his English Language Arts class which embarrassed him big time.

Seth also gave us an attack plan for this next school year so we can start strong and avoid the dip this year. (Watch Seth’s video about the dip.)

Providing Support and Feedback to Defeat Our El Guapo

You may be wondering how we’re going to support our son in doing this? I’ve set some alarms on my phone to help me mentally check-in and give feedback. All of my time of support will be spent inside of his homework area.

A Dedicated Study Space

Seth recommends creating a dedicated study space. We bought him a desk with no drawers (just like a backpack, it gets unruly) and a chair that swivels so he can move while working. Above his desk is a large monthly view calendar to help him see at a glance bigger items like appointments, projects, tests, and sports.

Even on his desktop, we chose to keep it simple with a jar for his pens/pencils with a lamp as well.

First few weeks of school:

  • Check folders each night
  • Go over planner
  • Clean out backpack each Saturday
  • Check assignments against grade book on Saturdays
  • Move graded papers to each child’s done box

My plan is to stick with this pattern for the first three months of school as it takes usually 66 days for a new habit to form.

Then slowly remove me from constant support. In the first few weeks, I’ll be right there by his side but over time I plan to be in the room so it gets done and he stays on task.

While my stomach is still in knots as I finish writing this, I know that we’re gonna make it.

Yep. I think we're gonna make it.

Yep. I think we’re gonna make it.

 

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Adrianne Meldrum

Adrianne Meldrum

Owner of Math for Middles

I’m the owner and creator of the math videos here at Math for Middles.  I’ve tutored students for over ten years.  When I am not creating here, you’ll find me down by the river with my family.  You can read more about me here and how I once was a middle schooler too.

Math is Real Life:  Orthodontist Math

Math is Real Life: Orthodontist Math

Sunlight danced across my son’s shaking foot resting on the dental chair. He was nervous about his visit to the orthodontist. Dr. Mongillo was hunched over my son’s mouth with a Boley gauge in one hand. Under his breath, I could hear numbers being said with pauses afterward.

Inching closer to hear the whispers, I peer down into my son’s mouth. Startled by me standing so close by, Dr. Mongillo pushed back his chair to glance up at me with a smile. I had his attention! My question escaped before I could stop my nerdy self.

“Dr. Mongillo, is that math you’re doing?”

His eyebrows went up with surprise. Most parents ask questions about time and cost of braces, not about the technical work! Dr. Mongillo relaxed and responded cheerfully, “Why yes I am!”

“I’d love to hear more about the math you are doing right now.”

Taken back by my request, he inserted the Boley gauge again in my son’s mouth. I noticed the little jaws of the gauge opening and closing in around the width of the tooth.

“See, I am measuring his teeth and then doing some calculations to estimate the size of his adult teeth. This helps me to know how much room to make for his adult teeth.”

After some swift calculations, Dr. Mongillo shared with me that my son has large adult teeth coming and he needs to make some room. Estimation using an equation allows him to make a treatment plan so he can prepare his mouth for these teeth.

The plan starts with rubber band spacers, then moves to a metal appliance. Following these items, my son will have baby teeth pulled out to make room for his large teeth. I was crazy excited about this conversation for two reasons:

  1. My son is will have a big happy smile like his daddy (one reason I fell in love with him).
  2. I saw math being done out in the real world!

As a math tutor, I am always looking for opportunities to use math in real life. Dr. Mongillo shared the equation he uses to help him do calculations with me. Today, I am sharing a worksheet for real life practice with the kind of work an orthodontist does every day.

Download Your Free Worksheet 

Read about how orthodontists estimate the room needed for adult teeth and practice with 3 case studies of your own.  Take it a step further and use actual Boley gauges to measure teeth to see how your teeth measure up to the formula.

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This post is part of a series my friend Jamie Riggs (Miss Math Dork) has been hosting for over 4 years.  Want to find more posts about Math in Real Life?  Click the image to head over to Miss Math Dork to check them out.

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Adrianne Meldrum

Owner of Math for Middles

I’m the owner and creator of the math videos here at Math for Middles.  I’ve tutored students for over ten years.  When I am not creating here, you’ll find me down by the river with my family.  You can read more about me here and how I once was a middle schooler too.
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Could Virtual Public School Be the Right Fit for Your Teen? [008]

Could Virtual Public School Be the Right Fit for Your Teen? [008]

School doesn’t always go as we had imagined for our kids. Social problems, not being challenged or the opposite, too much challenging work–many reasons to be frustrated with the traditional school experience.

Remember Never Been Kissed with Drew Barrymore?  I think that movie in the 90’s was relatable because we all know what it’s like to feel invisible or lower than everyone else.

I wonder what her life would have been like if she would have opted to attend a virtual public school instead?

Say Goodbye to Josie Grosie

Virtual Public Schools

Many parents start to get curious about the online K-12 public schools as an option to homeschooling their children in an effort to help their children find out who they are outside of what their peers think.

Often it feels overwhelming to think about taking the role of educator in addition to parenting. For many families, it has been a game changer for their children.

Could online public school be the solution to some of your issues with the traditional public school setting?

Listen in as I interview two very different mothers of teenagers as they share their journey with online public school. Plus get the scoop from a middle school student what school is like online. We’ll cover things you need to consider like:

  • Child’s Temperament
  • Parent’s Temperament
  • Socializing
  • School Curriculum
  • Dual Enrollment
  • Scheduling/Planning Online School

Both of these parents have inspired me to take a second look at virtual public schools.  It may just be the solution for some of our woes around our school experience thus far.  I can tell already that my idea of virtual public school probably won’t go like I have imagined.

What about you?  Have you considered virtual public school before?

Adrianne Meldrum

Adrianne Meldrum

Owner of Math for Middles

I’m the owner and creator of the math videos here at Math for Middles.  I’ve tutored students for over ten years.  When I am not creating here, you’ll find me down by the river with my family.  You can read more about me here and how I once was a middle schooler too.

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