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You Need More Sleep!

As a teacher, I find that I am constantly telling children they need more sleep.  I can’t even count the number of times per day I tell a student “put your head up”, or “sit-up”.  Sleep is incredibly important for students.  The amount of sleep a person gets affects everything from weight loss (or weight gain) to how much they will care about other people to how well a person thinks.

So how much sleep should a young adult get?

That depends. Scientists know that younger people need more sleep than adults.  For example, babies need between 16 to 18 hours of sleep a day.  For preschool children, the number changes to 11-12 hours.  School-age children need about 10 hours and teenagers need about nine to 10 hours a night.

That means if you head off to school at around 7 am, which most of us do, a typical middle school student will have to be in bed by 9 pm.

What time do you go to bed at night?  Do you find going to be earlier makes you happier?  What keeps you up at night?  Comment below.

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How to Get it Done!

I hear a lot of excuses in middle school.  Kids are always quick to tell me why they can’t do their homework, why they can’t work on an assignment, or work with another kid.  I often say “Don’t give me an excuse as to why you can’t do something.  Give me an excuse as to why you can get something done”.  What I think these excuses really are is a way to stop yourself from getting the work done.  I thought it might be nice to look at some of those excuses and find a way to stop it in its tracks.

  • “I don’t know where to begin.”–Look for ways to break the assignment down into parts.  Probably, the best way is to look for what needs to be done first.  Then concentrate on second and all of the other parts until the assignment is completed.
  • “There are too many distractions.”–There will always be kids trying to distract other kids.  The trick is to remind yourself that the job, or the assignment, must get done.  Thinking about the bad grade, detention, or other punishment is a good way to stay on task and not let the distractions stop you from getting your work done.
  • “This is easy.”–Many students have told me how easy and quick an assignment will be only to find that they do not get it done in time.  By putting off the work, the work rarely gets done.  It is much better to think of all the free time you will have once the assignment is done and what you will be able to do with that time.
  • “This is boring.”–As I am constantly saying in class, some activities and assignments are going to be boring.  But they still have to get done.  I try to teach all of my students to get into the habit of doing the work first then finding a way to reward themselves.
  • “I don’t think I can do it.”–How do you know until you try?  I am constantly telling students in class, done is better than perfect.  The first step is to complete the task.  If indeed, you can do the assignment or task then a person can go back and perfect the assignment.  If not, well, you completed the assignment.

A person must learn the signs of procrastination and learn to ignore them.

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Why Math?

Why does math seem so hard?  I get that question all the time in AVID Tutorial.  Math is more than just solving, it’s about understanding math concepts.  Math, today, is teaching us how to think.  Today, math is teaching the how and why not just the what. Math is an incredibly important skill we all need to learn.

Math should be an equal mix of procedure (how to solve the problem) and problem-solving (how can we use the problem).  Learning to think is a crucial skill that will be used over and over again in your lifetime.  People need to be inventive, people need to be able to see a problem and find a solution.  Not just in math but in life.  So next time you are in math class or AVID tutorial.  Keep a positive attitude when it comes to math.  Math is not easy but it is probably one of the most important classes you will ever take.

What do you think?  Comment below.