Realistic Expectation and Reliable Feedback

Realistic Expectation and Reliable Feedback

Middle School The Study Academy Report

Hello Readers,

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day, and for those readers out there that are in fact Mothers, I hope you were spoiled rotten! Speaking of mothers, there is nothing more important to a parent than the happiness and success of their children. For that reason, in today’s The Study Academy Report I wanted to discuss how The Study sets their realistic expectations for each child’s academic development as well as how this is fostered by the honest, accurate feedback given to both the child, and their parents.

Reliable Feedback in action at The Study Academy!First off, for a student to succeed academically there needs to be a clear correlation between the teacher’s expectations and student’s understanding. So, the teachers at The Study Academy clarify these expectations, but they also stress to each and every student their responsibility and accountability while striving for such expectations. The observations, conversations and the students’ product themselves provide teachers  the vision of whether the students are meeting such set goals. By utilizing these venues the teachers also increase the reliability and validity of the evaluation of the students’ learning. In this way there are no surprises for teacher, student or parent, however, it is also through this structure that there can be a gradual improvement and growth for the student as well as the classroom as a whole.

The communicative pathway between student and teacher, as well as teacher and parents, likewise play a integral part of the feedback based system of education at The Study Academy. Communication about the student’s progress is carried across several venues including Edmodo, email, Internet, parent teacher interview, personal meetings with Principal Krell  and a telephone call! I believe the subject- counselling notices and parent teacher interviews are two of the best ways that The Study Academy opens up this communicative pathway and really transforms the student’s learning.

Necessary Relationship of Teacher, Student and ParentUsually parent teacher interview are held upon the completion of a midterm of each session. It is a time to discuss progress. However, teachers at The Study Academy do not wish to leave a student till this point if they are struggling. This would also be terribly misleading for a parents who wishes also to see the academic progress of their child. For that reason there are also subject counseling notes, which are sent when there is the detection of early and serious problems. At this time parents meet and discuss with their child’s teachers ways to improve the chances of their child’s success. Essentially this can act as a corrective measure and ensure no student gets left behind.So, in this way The Study Academy really is bent on ensuring a child meets the goals and expectations of their teachers, as well as make sure that when they do, it is based off reliable evidence. I don’t know about you but that sounds like a pretty good system for success for any student, and if success is all that a mother wants from her child, then The Study Academy definitely helps each child give the best present they can for their mothers.

Theoretical Thursday: Well Being and Volunteering Abroad

Theoretical Thursday: Well Being and Volunteering Abroad

The Study Academy Report

Hello Readers,

I have very exciting news regarding The Study Academy’s highschool! This week starting from Saturday the 13th, the students will go off on an experience of a lifetime! The students of The Study Academy are going off to Nicaragua to volunteer their time. Indeed volunteering abroad is and will be such a great opportunity for these select students. By volunteering, we learn how to help others, and in doing so learn about ourselves. Also, volunteering allows you to explore (new) career interests, build your resume, and gain marketable skills for the working world. However, as it is theoretical thursday, I think it is only fair to disclose what scientific  has to say about volunteering. A map of nicaragua

A recent report put together by the Corporation for National and Community Service (http://www.nationalservice.gov/pdf/07_0506_hbr.pdf) has showed that a decent 30 scientifically-controlled studies collectively found that volunteering leads to improved mental and physical health. In particular those who volunteered experienced higher functional ability, greater longevity and improved self esteem.

In particular for youth, research has shown that volunteering is an incredibly important activity for dealing with what some consider a very challenging life period. The action to help others and going beyond their own basic obligations, can help improve a youth’s life transition. This is formally known as life course theory and it argues that volunteering can help teenagers develop positive self identities during a time where they  are transitioning in their life physically, emotionally and socially. It also explains how by placing them in intimate situation with larger more diverse group of people that youth can gain new perspectives that foster healthy psychological well being.

With that being said, we wish only the best for the students as they travel to Nicaragua, and genuinely hope that this will be a great memory for them at their time at The Study Academy.