Learning styles may vary

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

As kids get back into the groove, it’s sometimes hard to gauge how happy they are to be back in school.

This week, we look at assets in the commitment to learning category, which are #22 and #23.

The school engagement assets find youth actively involved in their own learning. This is the season when you occasionally see some middle school students outside for part of their learning, collecting bugs for science.

The project takes the students out of the classroom and demonstrates a hands-on, real world application to education.

Today, with so much technology, it is refreshing to find students engaged in an old school method of data collection and an interesting twist to asset #23, homework.

Research finds that students do better when they have at least one hour of homework, every school day. 

As parents, we can assist the youth by finding out what things help them to get — or stay on — task.

While we may not view their situation the same way, they may do better when they have a space dedicated to doing homework.

The opposite is also true, while we may feel that results would be better if sitting upright at the kitchen table that may not work for them.

Try and think of it this way, if you sit at a desk and computer all day and then had to come home and sit at a desk and computer throughout the evening, there may be an uprising from you.

The traditional cup of pencils sharpened and ready, a lamp to light the area and a few pieces of sugar-free gum are very good ideas. 

Now think of having a few audio books or a small radio nearby.

I compare it to how I like having the television on in the other room when I am making dinner or unloading the dishwasher. I don’t need it, but it makes the task a little more enjoyable and keeps me on task.

Life is really great when you know good things are ahead and celebrate the things that make past efforts a success.

Take a moment to stop and smell the crayons and if your kids are too grown-up for that, sneak a sniff in the school supply aisle at Smith’s.

Have a great week and remember to Take A Second, Make A Difference in the life of someone, every chance you get.


 The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce sponsor Assets in Action.