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Let me tell you a story. It begins with a little boy, let's call him Ilsaval, aged six years, playing ball with a few friends of his in a little alley of the town he lived, Savrimath in 1974 Indi...

Effects of Family Environment on Children’s Behavior
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'The family is the primary unit through which customs, beliefs, habits, values, and modes of behavior are transmitted from one generation to the next through the process of socialization' (S...

Effect of Technology on Young Children
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Healthy Eating: Make it a Habit for Children
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Problems at School
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Problems at school are part of life for many adolescents. Problems can be avoided if you have a good relationship with your child’s school and teachers. It’s important that you quickly rec...

Leveraging online social communities for improved learning outcomes
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Top 10 Study Strategies
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1. Beat procrastination! Teach your child, by example, not to put off tasks.

2. Instead of denying your son privileges for not studying, offer him rewards or incentives for getting his sc...

Effect of Technology on Young Children
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Incessant exposure to "all day TV," violent video games, instant messaging, and the always accessible cell phone interferes with the development of the psychological traits known to be essential to po...


ILSAVAL & THE LEOPARD - A BEDTIME TALE
3 Likes | 3 Comments

Let me tell you a story. It begins with a little boy, let's call him Ilsaval, aged six years, playing ball with a few friends of his in a little alley of the town he lived, Savrimath in 1974 Indi...


Leveraging online social communities for improved learning outcomes
3 Likes | 1 Comment

By SchoolJunction

Since Facebook (and to some extent even before) there has been a proliferation of social communities in cyberspace. Some, like Facebook, are really designed to cater to ...


Effects of Family Environment on Children’s Behavior
1 Like | 2 Comments

'The family is the primary unit through which customs, beliefs, habits, values, and modes of behavior are transmitted from one generation to the next through the process of socialization' (S...


Top 10 Study Strategies
1 Like | 0 Comments

1. Beat procrastination! Teach your child, by example, not to put off tasks.

2. Instead of denying your son privileges for not studying, offer him rewards or incentives for getting his sc...


10 ways to identify the best school for your child
1 Like | 1 Comment

By SchoolJunction

One of the biggest challenges and responsibilities that almost all parents will face at least once in their lives is to choose an appropriate K-12 school for their child...


Problems at School
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Problems at school are part of life for many adolescents. Problems can be avoided if you have a good relationship with your child’s school and teachers. It’s important that you quickly rec...


Healthy Eating: Make it a Habit for Children
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Healthy eating is good for children. It sharpens their minds, stabilizes their moods and restores their energy. Pressure from friends and TV ads for junk food can make impossible getting children to e...


Problems at School

Problems at school are part of life for many adolescents. Problems can be avoided if you have a good relationship with your child’s school and teachers. It’s important that you quickly recognize and address school problems if they arise. Symptoms of school problems are poor academic performance, lack of motivation for school, no interest in school work, or poor relationships with peers or teachers. School difficulties can be minor or severe. It can be very short-lived or last longer. But short-term school problems can also have a negative impact on adolescents- how they feel about school and about themselves. Children do better and stay longer at school when their parents and families have a better relationship with the child’s school and its staff.

Symptoms of school problems

Some symptoms that might indicate your child is having problems at school include:

• Drop in marks or grades in one or more subjects
• No involvement with the school for example your child might not be interested in extracurricular activities or have very few friends
• Shows discomfort when talks about school
• Don’t want to do homework or even talk about it
• Lack of confidence or self-esteem.
• punishments at lunch time or the end of the school day
• Excuses of not going to school or skipping school without you knowing about it.
• Finds school work boring
• Attention or behavior problems
• Experiences of being bullied or bullying others.

Sometimes you can spot school problems easily, and your child will talk to you about them willingly. But there are some children who hide problems from their parents, teachers and peers. They copy homework, pretend that they are sick during important tests, or not bring report cards to home. Sometimes even teachers might not spot the problems. You might find that your child doesn’t really want to talk about what’s going wrong at school. You should talk to your child about it. You might say ‘You look sad. What is worrying you?’

Importance of picking up school problems early

If problems are not addressed early, they can have significant, long-term consequences.

School problems lead to poor self-esteem. In the long term, they are detrimental to your child’s well being.

School problems can also lead to an increased risk of dropping out as they make children more likely to avoid school. Poor academic performance is connected with negative long-term consequences such as absenteeism and being less likely to undertake further education or training.

Another consequence of problems at school is that children can get tagged with labels such as ‘uninterested’, ‘easily distracted’ or ‘doesn’t try hard enough’. Worst of all, adolescents often ‘begin to believe that they are troublemakers or misfits. All these labels blame the child. But school problems suggest that systems and support networks around a child are inadequate.

Finally, children who have problems at school can experience a reduced sense of belonging. Success of adolescents at school depends on their well being.

Causes of school problems

Some of the more common causes of school problems are learning disabilities like dyslexia or behavioral or emotional problems. But there are many other reasons for a person’s poor academic performance.

These are as follows:

• Chronic illness
• Cognitive disability
• Behavioral or developmental difficulties or disorders
• Mental health problems such as depression or anxiety
• Traumatic experiences
• Difficulties with self-esteem, communication or social skills
• Difficulties with listening, concentrating or sitting still.
• Being bullied
• No sense of connection with the school culture or environment
• Not liking the choice of subjects, or not feeling challenged by the work
• Poor school or academic support because of heavy workloads
• No cordial relationship with teachers or other students at school
• Skipping school
• No interest in extracurricular activities.

Getting help from others

Depending on the school problems it is a good idea talk to your child’s teacher, the principal or assistant principal, the school welfare coordinator or school counselor.
You could also talk to your General Physician, who might refer you to other health professionals, such as psychologists, speech therapists or occupational therapists.

Special Children

Some children with attention problems, anxiety problems and aggressive behavior are at greater risk of problems at school. They find it harder to adapt to the demands of the classroom setting and they find it difficult to concentrate during tasks and teacher instructions.

Some children who have special needs resulting from chronic illness, cognitive disability, or behavioral or developmental difficulties might be more at risk of developing academic problems or problems in dealing with people at school.

Academic performance also gets influenced by reduced self-esteem or changes in peer relationships that are related to a child’s special needs.

Establishing a strong relationship with your child’s school early and regularly checking your child’s progress throughout schooling can help you pick up on early signs of problems. You can get help from school staff as well as your GP and other health professionals if problem arises. It’s also important to be aware of your child’s rights in relation to their education.
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Riyaz Ahmed
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