School is out for the summer, but I’m already thinking about how I can inspire my Tween and Teen to keep learning. Being a mom of a Tween and Teen has it’s challenges, one thing may work wonders for one child, but the same technique may not work for the other child. You have to be flexible and come up with different strategies for each individual child. After all, you wouldn’t like to get cookie cutter information to a specific question; that’s how it is with your Tween or Teen as well.
Taylor the study technique towards your child and all around your child; if your Tween/Teen struggles in math, but is awesome in reading, why not try to introduce him/her to word problems, let them think about the problems and explain in a simple manor the answer to the word problem.
My Tween is just like that, he loves to read but numbers intimidate him, but if I disguise the math in a word problem, he has no issues; it makes him feel like he accomplished something without even realizing he did a math problem. Give it a try, it may surprise you how your Tween/teen reacts.
My Teen had some issues in Spanish a few weeks back, we decided to incorporate his Spanish class into our everyday lives; I know very little Spanish, but I wrote little note cards with the Spanish word and the German ( German is the second language in our house and my native language) word on anything in the house, the Door had a label for Spanish “la puerta“ and German “Tuer”. Anywhere the Teen went he saw the note cards with the written words, which helped him incorporate a different Language into his everyday life, nice side effect the Toddler and Tween and even Hubby and myself were able to recognize the Spanish/ German words and learn a few here and there.
This are a few simple ways to get your Tween/Teen inspired even if they struggle in a certain subject. I asked the Teen to tell me what he would like to see and how he would get inspired in learning; some of his answers are below.
From the Teen’s Corner:
”I would like to see more games incorporated into learning, even as a teen we enjoy games. Especially if a Teacher turns it into a fun competition; we are all game for that. I recently attended a Drivers Ed Class, and my Teacher was so cool, instead of giving us strict instructions he took his car keys, tossed them across the parking lot and challenged each of us to park on top of the Keys in a perfect parallel way, it turned into a friendly competition between the other students and I and we all had fun and learned a lot more as if he would have given us plane ol’ instructions on how to parallel park. That was cool, I also love anything hands on, give me something to put my hands on like a science project and I will retain the information and I get inspired to research online or in the Library about the subject rather if the teacher teaches about a subject for an hour and then tells us to write an essay; hands n is the way to go now matter what age.
How do you inspire your child to learn?
Intel currently has a great Contest going on. If you have a Teen between 14 – 18 years of age, ask him the question “What inspires you to learn?”; then write it down and e-mail the answer along with their name, age, state, telephone number to email@example.com.
Intel will choose 6 (!!) winners, each winner will receive a laptop with Intel 2nd Generation Core i5 technology for themselves a $859.00 Value, plus a Sony Internet TV a $799.00 Value, for their school, how cool is that and such a simple entry, 50 + words will get you a chance to win this… For more information, be sure to check out the Contest Rules below and read the entire Contest rule Form HERE
- Open to students 14 – 18. If student is 14 – 17 years of age, please have parent submit on student’s behalf.
- Contest is open until August 15. Winners will be announced Sept. 15.
Winner will receive a laptop with Intel 2nd Generation Core i5 technology for themselves, plus a Sony Internet TV for their school
To enter, students should e-mail their name, age, state, telephone number and answer to the question, “What inspires you to learn?” to firstname.lastname@example.org (minimum 50 words)
Students can also include links to original photos, videos or other multimedia content that will add to their entry. Please only submit content that is appropriate at school and that the student would submit to their teacher. If the entry includes content with someone in it, be sure that you have their written permission. Students cannot use copyrighted material in their entry, unless they have specific written permission from the copyrighted material owner
Entries will be judged by a panel of Intel and education experts based upon: (1) Relevance to the question, “What inspires you to learn?” (80%), (2) compelling nature of entry, including supplementary materials submitted (20%). Note: the entries will not be made public unless they are selected as one of the finalists.
This post is sponsored by Intel, all opinions and ideas are 100% my own.