Supporting Your BASIS Student
“How can I help my child be successful at BASIS Scottsdale?” This question is the most frequent one I answer as New Parent Mentor for Boosters! Although there is no magical formula, implementing these practical BASIS guidelines will have a positive impact.
B - Be Organized – Organization is one of the most important keys to being successful at BASIS.
- Review the CJ Daily – The CJ (communication journal) lists homework assignments, along with upcoming quizzes and tests. Review the information with your student daily and create a viable plan to complete the work.
- Encourage Binder Maintenance –Are there miscellaneous worksheets, notes, homework or flash cards randomly floating around in side-pockets? If so, encourage your student to file the documents under the appropriate tabs. For flash cards, attach them to a large ring, or group them into a plastic sandwich bag and attach them to a binder ring, so they don’t get lost.
- Archive Regularly – Archive all notes, tests, handouts, flash cards, etc. on a regular basis. Some choose to archive weekly, others prefer to archive at the end of each grading period. Whatever method you use, (i.e. accordion files, storage box with hanging folders, etc.) organize and label the content so the information can be easily retrieved.
A – Achieve Autonomy – It’s okay to let go! 😊 When you allow your student to make mistakes, a powerful learning opportunity emerges. Difficult moments, such as forgetting homework, or going into a quiz unprepared, actually builds resilience. Allow your student to be accountable for his or her actions. The BASIS model is specifically designed to teach responsibility and self-reliance. These are powerful skills and traits that will last a lifetime!
S – Stay Informed – While fostering autonomy, maintain open communication. Founder and President of Educational Strategies, Elizabeth Wissner-Gross, recommends the “Glass Backpack Theory”. All information that goes back and forth from school every day should be transparent. Stay informed, appreciate the content that your student is learning, and notice any changes that might be occurring in order to offer guidance. This approach minimizes surprises and maximizes positive potential.
I – Instill Routines – Set up a daily routine that works well and supports good study habits. Designate a study area, focus on time management, avoid procrastination and plan ahead. Also, try to maintain healthy sleeping and eating habits. A wide variety of research suggests there is a direct correlation between sleep and positive results at school.
S – Seek Support – BASIS offers a wide variety of resources. As a parent, it is up to you to encourage your student to use these resources. Take advantage of Teacher Hours and the Peer Tutoring Program. Also, develop your own network of parents. Share information, ask questions, and help each other out.
We are all part of a larger community, the BASIS community. By working together, supporting each other and sharing ideas, every student will flourish.