One of the biggest mistakes teens make when choosing a college is deciding to attend based on what's hot now. These teens fail to take into consideration that pledging a fraternity/sorority or gaining entry into some elite club will not necessarily positively impact their lives AFTER graduation. In this week's episode, Arianne talks about the importance of considering several factors when choosing the right college and how focusing on the post college endgame (lifestyle, salary, life's work,...
Think that just because your kid attends a 'College Prep' high school that she's ready to be set free on a college campus? Think again! College preparation entails so much more than just academics. Teenagers are crossing the threshold from childhood to adulthood and oftentimes do so while missing critical skills like discipline, organization and the ability to self-advocate. In this week's episode, Arianne continues the College 101 Series by asking some practical questions about your kid's...
This week, Arianne begins the TYOK College 101 Series- a collection of episodes that will cover college topics submitted by the TYOK community. In this week's episode, Arianne discusses the ten things every parent should know about college. She clears up some misconceptions and offers advice to help parents navigate what can be a very daunting undertaking.
Parents are powerful! In this week's episode, Arianne sits down in the Teach Your OWN Kid! classroom with two of them. Latoya Douglas and Dana Wade refused to sit idly by and allow test scores and hasty community/political leaders to decide the fate of their kids' school. Without prior training, these two mothers organized and mobilized what is today called the 'Parent Advocators'. This group was not only successful in keeping their kids' "failing" New Orleans charter school from closing,...
Far too often, parents and educators encounter those kids who just don't seem to be motivated by anything. They just don't seem to care. In this second part of a two part episode, Arianne proposes that these kids do, in fact, care and that there are some practical steps we can take to help these "unmotivated" kids to achieve.
Far too often, parents and educators encounter those kids who just don't seem to be motivated by anything. They just don't seem to care. In this first part of a two part episode, Arianne proposes that these kids do, in fact, care and that there are some practical steps we can take to help these "unmotivated" kids to achieve.
The partnership between the school community and the family is far too often riddled with missed opportunities and, at times, outright confusion. One way to remedy this, Arianne believes, is through effective communication. In this week's episode, Arianne shares insight with the Teach Your OWN Kid! community by exploring some basic expectations from the perspective of the teacher.
In the city of New Orleans alone, 7 out of every 10 third graders are unable to read on grade level. Unfortunately, a similar statistic rings true in cities throughout the country. In this week's episode, Arianne unpacks the impact of that statistic and offers five solutions that parents can implement to help their children become better readers.
Have you ever wondered where basic skills like cursive writing and penmanship have gone? It seems like those fundamental skills that we once learned in school have been forgotten in today's classroom. This week, Arianne takes a stroll down memory lane and talks about a few of those lessons that, if incorporated into modern curriculum, would transform our kids into more prepared, well-rounded individuals.
In this age of technology and savvy shortcuts to communication, it's becoming increasingly difficult to prove how critical face-to-face parent-teacher meetings are to the overall student experience. Most parents are busy and have very little extra time to devote to meetings. In this week's episode, you'll hear Arianne discuss five reasons why it's critical for even those busy parents to make the sacrifice and show up to parent-teacher conferences.
Should teachers be held to a higher standard when it comes to social media? Some teachers believe it's unfair to expect them to filter their social media interactions just because students and their parents might be watching. In this week's episode, Arianne discusses this controversial topic and gives her take on it.
Should your child take the ACT or the SAT? In this week's episode, Arianne compares the 'big two' college admissions tests and provides insight that is sure to help parents, students and even high school counselors make a decision about which test works for their specific situation.
Is your teenager bugging you about having his "own money"? Does he think that an after school job is the solution? In this week's episode, Arianne discusses some of the pros and cons associated with teens and after school jobs. This episode is sure to be a great conversation starter!
In this encore episode, Arianne sits down in the Teach Your OWN Kid! classroom with children's author, Havilah Malone. Out of the ashes of child abuse, Havilah has risen like a phoenix to accomplish tremendous feats. This Napoleon Hill Foundation Instructor uses her children’s book- The Amazing Adventures of Oliver Hill to pass on Hill's seventeen principles of success to young people.
During her pregnancy and even long after her very first child was born, Teresa White had no idea that her son had a brain disorder that would cause him to have challenges beyond those of the average child. Teresa sat down with Arianne in the Teach Your OWN Kid! classroom to discuss what it was like finding out that her son had Autism. She opens up about the devastation of the diagnosis and the eventual redemption found in her support system.
In this week's episode, Arianne discusses ten extra-curricular activities that will make a high schooler's resume more attractive to the best colleges. She says that colleges are looking for young people who can think critically and that one way to develop those critical thinking skills is by gaining experience through participation in activities that reach beyond academics.
In today's episode, Arianne discusses how critical it is to set Internet boundaries for kids. With the surge in human trafficking in recent years, this is the time for parents to scroll through their kids' phones and other devices to ensure that they are not falling victim to those that would exploit them. Arianne says it is also imperative that kids learn some basic facts about the nature of the online community.
In part two of the special Ask the Teacher! Back-to-School episode, Arianne answers questions submitted by members of the Teach Your OWN Kid! community. She even offers advice to a parent in New Jersey who admits that he is not very patient when it comes to helping his kids with homework.
In today's episode, Arianne spends time answering questions submitted by the Teach Your OWN Kid! community. She discusses everything from juggling after-school activities to making the house more 'school friendly'.
It's that time of year again! School supplies are on the shelves and teachers are already creating lesson plans. In this episode, Arianne proposes that there's no better time for parents to schedule their very first teacher meeting. She offers 10 tips to help TYOK parents get a head start on opening the lines of communication with their child's teachers.