Inaugural L.O.V.E. Project: Strategies in Education

Our inaugural L.O.V.E. Project session kicked off on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Robbie Waters Library and was a tremendous event! I wish more people could’ve heard these remarkable educators – with more than 90 combined years experience in education – share their insight into how we can serve our students as parents, teachers, and communities. If you are a parent, this event was for you as we head back into the school year.

Critical thinking is an essential component of Common Core. How often are you encouraging your children to critically think?

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Lisa Silvera is a 36 year veteran teacher.

“To start critical thinking at home, start off with a ‘What if?’ when you’re home with your children, cooking in the kitchen, having dinner together or whatever family things you do together. Always try to pose questions to them that start off with a ‘What if?’ because they’ve got some really good ideas. They’re thinking, and you can kind of help push that out.

In tomorrow’s world when they’re at their job and working on a team, they have to be able to speak well, have very good vocabulary, and have to demonstrate what they mean. They have to get that picture that’s in their head out there in front of everybody.” – Lisa Silvera

Turn failure into success. Are you aware of what your child/children’s strengths are?

“Don’t take failure as failure. Failure is success because now you know what not to do. I tell my students you can’t fail. You cannot fail.”

“See where your child is strong.”

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Deborah Williams taught for 16 years.

“Let’s focus on [students’ strengths] and try to build them up with the strengths God gave them. If we start comparing our children with somebody else, they’re going to feel like a failure because God didn’t make them like that. He made them this, and it’s a perfect you.” – Deborah Williams

Think It. Say It. Write It. Read It.: Finding Pathways to Achievement

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Hollis Hepper has been a speech pathologist for 14 years.

“As far as strategies and learning to find their voice, you learn about what type of learner [students] are. Maybe they don’t read, but they can act really well, so that’s going to be a strength of theirs. So then you have them write a little play, even if you’re dictating it for them. The words they’re going to use they’re going to be able to read. That whole Anita Archer thing – if you can think it, you can say it, if you can say it, you can write it, if you write it you can read it. It’s that can-do attitude.” – Hollis Hepper

Parents want to know they are important. And that their children are, too.

“Your children buy into their teachers, which is one of the most important ingredients to pushing that child to achieve. Even with the parents, they have to feel they can trust the teachers. You’re building trust through your interaction. Just the little things that you do matter in the eyes of a parent who has nowhere else to go.

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Andrea Francis is a 25-year educator.

Teachers who know how to build solid relationships with their students can get almost anything they want out of those kids. And parents support that kind of learning, they support that kind of education.

What they don’t want is to feel devalued. And they don’t want their children to feel devalued. But when you feel like you’re a contributor in a classroom, a valued contributor, you feel like this is where you belong. This is a place I can learn and be successful.” – Andrea Francis