Here are things you can do to prepare your student's workspace for a successful school year.
A workspace will vary depending on the student’s age, but the ideal setup will include certain things no matter what age someone is or what interests he or she pursues.
The learning space should be in an area where the learning coach can observe, monitor the student’s activities and step in quickly if the student needs help.
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The most successful student learning spaces contain the following components:
- Designated workspace: Move the student’s workspace outside or to another section of the house. Sometimes changing scenery brings a new perspective and activates new motivation.
- Computer and desk: Because most instruction and work take place in cyberspace, it’s vital to have a computer and a comfortable desk at which the student can work.
- Calendar: An organized schedule helps students stay on track in schoolwork and extracurricular activities, and helps them learn time management.
- Art box: Markers, construction paper, glue and scissors — creativity is as important to learning as memorizing facts and understanding cause and effect.
- “School time” box: Keep a box of books, stickers, toys and similar supplies for smaller children to use during “school time” or as a reward for getting work done. The box will help signal when “home life” ends and “school time” begins.
- Dry-erase board: Working out math problems and practicing spelling on a dry-erase board is different than using pen and paper. Many students respond well to it.
- Telephone: Although phones can be distracting, it’s essential to have one in the workspace in case the student needs to contact a teacher for additional instructions or help.
- Writing tools: Although the majority of work is done online, pens, markers, pencils and paper should be kept handy for working through problems and note-taking lessons.
- Notebooks and folders: Whether they use physical folders and notebooks or digital, it’s paramount that students stay organized. Put dates on documents, and organize the folders by subject or course and year.
By setting up a designated learning space for your students, you can help them focus on their schoolwork. Having the right tools available for your student will set them up on the right path for a successful school year.