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School district offers workshops for parents

Staff reports

Three workshops for parents of middle and high school students in the Douglas County School District will offer information on how they can help their children learn more effectively.

Dr. Meggin McIntosh, a University of Nevada, Reno College of Education professor, will provide parents with ideas on how they might help their students become what she calls “strategic learners.”

“Learning doesn’t just happen,” explains McIntosh. “Little children, they’re learning all the time. But as kids get older – and we as adults – when they and we want to learn something, we have to go after it.

“Kids at middle school and high school age, they’re learning hard enough material that they need to have techniques to use to learn more effectively and more efficiently.”

Techniques that will help parents help their children will be offered at the workshops.

“As district competency curriculum becomes more demanding for all students,” said Janice Florey, coordinator of assessment, grants and projects for the Douglas school district, “parents will also need to continue playing a key role in their students’ education.”

McIntosh said that she tells the students she works with that they can have control over their brains.

“I tell them they can decide if they are going to learn things and how they’re going to learn them,” she said.

For example, McIntosh said, some evenings students may tell their parents they have no homework.

While that may technically be true, a good learning strategy is to review material even though specific homework has not been assigned.

“Kids need to be in the habit each evening of doing some learning. I will talk to parents about strengthening that practice in their homes,” McIntosh said.

Parents need to be aware of what their students are doing at school, she added, so that they can help their students.

“I will give parents really specific techniques they can do with their children,” McIntosh said, “to help them be better learners.”

The workshops will be held:

n Carson Valley Middle School for parents of CVMS and Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School students, Sept. 11, 7-9 p.m., CVMS library.

n George Whittell High School, for parents of GWHS and Kingsbury Middle School students, Sept. 18, 7-9 p.m.

n Douglas High School for parents of DHS students, Sept. 25, 7-9 p.m., DHS library.

To sign up, call 782-5160.