As a teacher, I see young people every day who are our future. There are so many factors that we don’t think about on a daily basis that can shape who these young individuals will become.
It’s actually a bit scary when you do think about the future. That baby sitting next to you sucking on its thumb could be fighting for your country one day, or the toddler that just threw up in the grocery store could be the President down the road. While we do not think about this fact daily, we probably should start thinking about it more, in order to ensure that we are teaching the kids around us how to grow up to become successful adults. This will benefit ourselves, the kids, and of course, their kids (and so on). The children around us are the future and we need to make sure that we get them there in the best way(s) possible. So, what does it take to be a successful adult? Some of the most important things that we need to focus on when teaching the children around us are:
As children, we do not have any responsibility. If adults do not teach children to have some responsibility for themselves and the areas around them, they can potentially grow up and struggle with this significantly. Center for Parenting Education says that responsibility is: “being dependable so people know they can count on you, keeping one’s word and agreements, meeting one’s commitments, doing something to the best of one’s ability, being accountable for one’s behavior, accepting credit when you do things right and acknowledging mistakes, and being a contributing member of one’s family, community, and society. Being responsible is a key to children’s success both in school and in the larger world when they grow up.”
Effective communication skills is essential in today’s society. Communication skills are needed constantly throughout one’s entire life, not just when they are in school, or at work. They are just as important in your personal life, as well. For example, marriages and friendships would fall apart without effective communication, both verbal and non-verbal. Teaching children how to effectively communicate is very needed.
Education is the most important thing that you could to teach your children to prioritize. According to The Conversation, “Future learners will need an excellent start in early learning if they are to cope with mid to late 21st century challenges.”
Everyone learns differently. There is no right or wrong way to learn (as long as you are learning), but unfortunately, over the years, a good chunk of people have lumped education into one group and teach one specific way that works for the school and city, no matter what. This puts kids that learn differently at a disadvantage. How are they supposed to learn when they have a different learning style than what is being taught to them? In addition to different learning styles, quite a few children have learning disabilities, as well. From Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia, to Autism, ADD, and ADHD, all of these children need someone there to help guide them and teach them how to best learn for themselves.
Did you know that according to the National Center for Learning Disabilities, students with learning differences are twice as likely as their peers to dropout of high school? If your child has a learning disability, you should definitely look into Empowered Learning Transformation Centers. They recognize the fact that everyone learns different and they make sure not to attach stigma to the need to individualize learning plans for students. With a positive atmosphere and small class sizes, their teachers are able to know their students needs well and help build confidence in their ability to learn.
The Empowered Learning Pyramid consists of sensory-motor integration, visual processing, cognitive skills, learning strategies, and content. The Empowered Learning™ Program first identifies learning deficiencies by operating several levels below the content that is typically taught in schools, in order to measure the cognitive, visual processing, and sensory-motor integration functions. Once they identify the deficiencies, they then create a tailored program to remediate the deficiencies.
If our children are the future, we need to make sure we know that they are learning at their full potential. Empowered Learning Centers provides the means for parents to understand why their child is not learning as expected. Visionary Education Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Empowered Learning Centers, Peter Riddle is a recognized expert in the self-development field, parental involvement in children’s learning, and strategies that facilitate learning where traditional classroom methods have failed. Over the past 20 years, Riddle has done amazing work by successfully empowering thousands of learners at Empowered Learning Transformation Centers.
There are so many things to consider, but I think they’re all important to keep in mind since children really are our future and we want them to become well-rounded, highly functioning adults.
*This is a collaborative post.*