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Schools Are Closed Due To A Strike. Now What?

With talks of of a strike, many parents want to know if they should continue tutoring. The consequences of an extended academic break can be detrimental, especially to students already struggling during the school year. It is important to maintain routine and continue tutoring. There are many factors that contribute to a child success. Below are the advantages and disadvantages of taking a break from both school and tutoring.


Brain development

The prefrontal cortex that is located in the front of the brain controls many decision making, impulsivity and judgement, this part of the brain is under development until the age of twenty-five. Development is plastic which means the brain has the capacity for change, however as we grow older we possess less capacity for change. Children’s brains are like a sponge and soak up as much information as possible, especially during the critical period of childhood, not knowing how long a strike can last may put a drastic decline in your child’s learning curve.


Staying ahead

Did you know that a teacher spends approximately six weeks re-teaching information that has already been taught last year to students? A strike can last a while, and that lost time is costing your child to lose the information they have already been taught. School is a busy time, there’s no denying it, especially with all of the students extracurriculars as well as finding time to have their own down time. Which is why it is smart to take advantage of the time that students have off, by not letting their learnt skills deteriorate as they prepare for the year ahead.


Academic Responsibility.

Tutoring has obvious benefits for students who are struggling in school. Although, if your child is not struggling, why should you have them enrolled in tutoring? The purpose of tutoring is to create an independent learner out of a student, providing them with the skills they need to thrive in school. Tutors aid to challenge students to their fullest capacity. Tutors enable students to think outside the box and help students recognize that there are different ways to approach solving a problem. .A student is only as successful as the work they are willing to put in. While a teacher is on strike for their own reasons, a child helplessly needs a school environment. Tutoring provides a non-struggling student to stay right on track and help grow their knowledge each day, so when school is back open, it’s as if the student had never even left.


The strike slide

Have you ever heard of the strike slide? Many students when they hear “teachers strike” interpret that as a “student’s break”. The strike slide refers to a learning loss over the time away from school, to the additional summer months. Kids are not the first ones to pry open a book during non-school hours, instead they are more worried about what friend they should call up first. Children need their parents to push them onto the right pathway for success, a student needs an alternate route to learn, to prevent themselves from sliding back a few months of learning, while their teachers are caught up in legal battles. Some students just need more practice, especially guided practice, if a student is practicing the wrong methods and getting the wrong answers this will just make them more frustrated. Tutoring enables the student to get the subject review they need by mirroring the child’s schedule of learning. If the student needs to review a certain area multiple times, then that is what the tutor would focus on to ensure the student is confident with themselves. Tutors not only increase good study habits but also good behaviours and attitudes towards going to school. By providing your child with a tutor during a teacher’s strike will allow for them to be ahead of the curriculum and possibly their friends. This motivation empowers a student to be more excited and confident about going back to school with the knowledge they have, knowing they are not behind.

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