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Florida PTA Conference

2013 FLORIDA PTA LEADERSHIP/CONVENTION
SAVE THE DATE: JULY 12-14, 2013
WHERE: INNISBROOK RESORT AND GOLF CLUB
36750 US HIGHWAY 19 N
PALM HARBOR, FL 34684

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The convention highlights leadership skills in running a PTA organization and assisting it to achieve its goals. Fortunately other programs are also offered that focus on parent-student interactions and relationships which are at the core of the goals of the PTA as well. Please consider attending at least one or more of these programs: Explore Personality Traits, Negotiating Special Education, Changing Conflict to Cooperation, Parenting Teens, Communicating with everyone, and Increasing Male Involvement.

While all of these skills are important and require attention and personal improvement, probably the most important from the point of view of improving learning skills in our children is seeing that men and fathers, in particular, spend time focused on learning subject matter AND helping children learn how to learn. Schools do not have courses or even many occasional suggestions from teachers that are focused on the process of what students need to understand and practice in the process of going about their learning activities. Most younger students are limited to building their vocabulary or mastering their times tables. Most later elementary students are limited to getting meaning out of reading that they can apply to their own lives. Most high school students are limited to expanding their acquaintance with geography, history, and what is going on in the rest of the world beyond their neighborhood. Yes, these are basic skills but there is one skill that is even more basic: how does a person go about learning these things effectively and efficiently?

THERE IS NO COURSE IN THE STANDARD PUBLIC CURRICULUM THAT INFORMS STUDENTS OF HOW TO GO ABOUT LEARNING!

The FCAT has never asked a question about how one goes about learning and likely never will. I learned most of those skills from my father and as I have discussed learning with parents, most fathers have shown good insight into what can be done to explore new subjects and expand a student’s horizons. Men learn how to do things and are almost always interested in how to do things very well. My father didn’t just take notes and review them for tests. He talked with people and especially me about what he learned in school and explored how to apply his knowledge to the real world. He learned about materials and how to shape them and make them into things. Those basic skills make up the basis of visual motor brain circuits and pull practical knowledge about what to do about things from every part of the brain. Moms know how to cook and fathers know how to make and fix stuff. (That is not a sexist remark, but a general observation of what one generation has traditionally concentrated on teaching the next. Fortunately, those lessons are being expanded in both moms and fathers in recent generations.) Men know that making and fixing stuff demand more skills than how to use a TV remote, send text messages, skateboard, and surf.

Yes, attend that session and get more men and fathers involved in teaching their children and students how to do things including learning how to learn. Tell them about Howyoulearnit.com. And visit the site yourself. You will be glad you did and so will your children. Expand the fun of learning by learning how to learn. The shape and richness of very child’s future depends on it, including yours!

Learn more about the Florida PTA Convention at http://www.floridapta.org/index.php/events/leadership-convention

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