As students move forward with their education, they become increasingly responsible for their own learning.  Parents and teachers will work continuously to help build a strong academic foundation, but in time the student’s ability to anticipate what is needed to prepare for class discussion, assignments, tests and projects will play a major role in their learning and academic success.

Anticipation is key to the best possible preparation. Preparation is critical to success in school and in life.  What can parents do to help build anticipation skills? In this blog we will look at how many Follow up questions are actually anticipation questions.  We will also review some specific follow up questions which will help parents and ultimately the child to be more prepared for academic challenges.

The Challenge your Child ebook explains why the use of Open-ended questions is a great place to start.  Open-ended questions help you assess what your child knows and needs to learn.  This is the start to building a solid academic foundation.  Follow up questions will help add to your child’s knowledge base and increase understanding. The two question types combined can be used to create all the repetition necessary to build a deeper understanding of key concepts thus building a stronger academic foundation.

A lot of times, your Follow-up questions will naturally come from your own anticipation. Your Follow-ups will be built around what else you think your child might need to know for important life knowledge, what might be asked in school or what your child might find interesting.  In this way, you are helping your child create a deeper understanding which will be an advantage when a teacher asks higher level questions in class or if a unique question comes up on a test.  Through your anticipation questions and discussion, your child may already have knowledge, insight and understanding other students do not. 

Again, please review the Challenge your Child ebook as the use of Open-ended and Follow-up questions are the keys to building a strong academic foundation and helping you anticipate what your child might need to know.

In addition to the Follow up questions you might create, there are also some specific anticipation questions that get right to the heart of helping your child be more prepared for academic challenges. Answers to these anticipation questions will create a dialogue that will help lead to more focused study and better understanding of critical material. Here are just a few specific examples:

  • What will be the 2 toughest words on your Spelling test tomorrow?  
  • What key teaching points from class discussion will most likely be on the test tomorrow?   
  • What will the Test format be for your Chapter exam?  Will the test be Multiple Choice, Fill in the Blanks, Matching, Essay or all of the above?  Depending on the format, how can you best prepare?
  • What 2 key ideas from your Reading assignment will your teacher most likely discuss in class tomorrow?
  • What must you include in this writing assignment to get a top grade?
  • What else will you need to know?  This question, to wrap up your dialogue, may help you gain even more information to help in preparation.

In time, as your child sees how your Follow up questions or anticipation questions help them to be prepared for classroom success, they will start to ask many of the bullet pointed anticipation questions themselves. How should you prepare for tomorrow’s test? will in time become, How should I prepare for tomorrow’s test?  When your child starts to anticipate what is needed for academic success and prepares accordingly, they will be taking greater responsibility for their own learning and greater results will follow as they move forward with their education.

For many specific examples of how to build a solid academic foundation using Open-ended, Follow-up and anticipation questions, please review the Challenge your Child ebook.

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