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Suggestion boxes Shouldn’t be a thing of the past!

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When we visit our doctors office we see suggestions boxes by reception. We make suggestions on everything from cleanliness to customer service. Why shouldn’t we, as parents, our children as students, or teachers as educators, make suggestions to each other? My idea is to install suggestion boxes in the classroom, one for the teachers and one for the students.  Students can make suggestions on ways they could better understand the curriculum, teachers can provide suggestions on how the students can be more successful.  Likewise, parents should send suggestions to the teacher on how to facilitate their understanding of the very modern (and complex) curriculum our students are presented with. Teachers can send home suggestions to the parents on how they can assist their child better at home based on their individual needs. These should be reviewed in class every Friday, and students should voice their opinion on whether or not they agree or could benefit from this suggestion.  By doing this, I believe we can see better results on report cards. We shouldn’t have to wait until we receive a failing grade to notice there is a problem and to know what that problem is. Parent teachers conferences are not held often enough to keep a child from falling behind. 

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This is an idea I practice at home. I put suggestions in a box on how my kids can do better at home, whether it be how to do their chores more efficiently or how to manage their time. My kids also give suggestions (usually about what I should make for dinner or about how I should allow them to have more sweets then they are allowed). I have seen them make changes as per my suggestions and I love to watch them grow!

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Rosemary Vargas -- Could you share more about what you do at home? How have you set up the expectations with your own children? Do they check the box regularly? Do they just read the suggestion or do you discuss it? Thanks!

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Hi! Sure! I have a list of chores and goals when it comes to school. Anything from writing neater to dedicating more time to double checking homework when I find mistakes. After dinner on fridays I sit with the kids and my husband and the boxes. I usually let them take turns pulling out a suggestion from the box. I have found when it comes to reading their suggestions, they rather I don’t ask “who suggested this”. So we generalize, “everyone can benefit from double checking their homework” “everyone can benefit from dedicating more time to reading out loud and taking time to sound out difficult words”. Etc.

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Rosemary Vargas  --thanks! I love the generalization and the reinforcement that we all continue to learn and improve.