Old-school skills kids should learn from their grandparents; not YouTube
takes concentration, practice and patience. Those are all important skills to hone. Plus, research indicates writing in cursive is still an important skill. When writing in cursive, students activate different parts of their brains, ones not typically developed by basic reading and writing, and they refine their fine motor skills.
Despite the rumours of cursive’s imminent demise, this skill gives students an advantage in reading and spelling, perhaps due to the feedback from writing words as a whole instead of as individual letters through texting or typing.
Preserving a family history:
Consider all the knowledge grandparents have to impart: their personal histories, their tastes in music, their thoughts on world events they witnessed. Have your teen speak to them, record the conversations and make it personal. How did they perceive life-changing elections, wars and accomplishments that young people today can only read about?
What was it like to see a person walk on the moon for the first time? What was it like to fly in an aeroplane for the first time? They can chat about whatever comes to mind. Maybe have your teen record a video or a series of audio recordings, or perhaps even start his or her own podcast. Your teen’s future self – and maybe even future generations – will thank you. In short, technology is wonderful and can absolutely help prepare teens for college. But sometimes the best teacher is somebody who’s already been there.
These are little things, but taken together, grandparents may get students out of their comfort zones and excited to see the world in a new-foryou kind of way. And, in the process, teens might also find kindness, comfort and excellent cookies. – The Washington Post ● Winward is an instructor at the University of California, San Diego, an 18-year veteran of high school tutoring, and the founder and lead instructor of Winward Academy. She earned her PhD specialising in adolescent brain development and adolescent learning.