This is Steve's first year serving on the IB Foundation Board as Board Secretary. Growing up in New York, he has lived in South Florida since 2002. Earning a Bachelor's degree in American Studies from Brandeis University and a Law Degree from Syracuse University, he is currently a managing partner at his own real estate and corporate securities law firm. In his free time, Steve enjoys reading, movies, sports and volunteering as a youth coach. Steve resides in Boynton Beach with his wife Erica, their two children and a Shih Tzu.
Here are some great tips for having a fabulous first week!
Share your own positive school memories with your child. Be upbeat and optimistic! Talk about your favorite teacher, the great friends you made and fun (but challenging!) assignments that left you feeling confident and empowered! Share times that made you giggle, laugh and smile!
We're all rushing in the morning and back-to-school season can make things even a bit more hectic. Try to remain as calm and peaceful as you can so your child feels as stress-free as possible. Take a moment out for a hug and encouraging word.
Plan something fun to do with your child after school! Maybe do a craft project, ride bikes together or bake your favorite cupcakes together. Knowing an enjoyable activity is planned will help your student get through the stresses of those first few school days!
To help make things easier for everyone, here is a terrific "School Night Checklist" that will help both students and parents stay on task throughout the school year!
As we look forward to another exciting and enriching school year, the MPIBF would like to share this wonderful insight into the complex processes of a student as they learn.
By Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey ~
The Continuum of Engagement provides the characteristics of a learner as they move from being passive about learning to being in the flow. How do we know learners are engaged? Step up the ladder to see how a learner moves from compliant to flow so you can picture what it looks and sounds like in a classroom when learners start engaging in the learning process.