Reflections of an Old Teacher

What do you think about when the summer is almost over? Would you turn back the clock and redo vacation time? Are you glad that the kids are going back to school soon? If you’re a teacher you probably think all those thoughts and more besides.

Back when I was teaching social studies, I looked forward to the start of school. A new year was full of promise and excitement. I couldn’t wait to get my class rolls so I could see if I knew any of the students. I usually knew a few, but mostly they were new to me. I hoped to touch someone’s imagination and make social studies their favorite class.

I always went back to school a few days earlier than I had to so I could put up some bulletin boards. I’d arrange the desks the way I wanted, copy some first day handouts, and see if there was anything I could do to get a head start on the year.

If you’re a parent you can help your student to have a successful year by taking a few simple steps.

First, make sure they don’t stay up too late. It’s hard to learn when you’re sleeping in class.

Second, check to make sure they’ve completed their homework. Homework isn’t busy work; it helps the students learn.

Third, let them know that they are expected to follow their teacher’s rules.

Fourth, make sure they have their materials with them.

Parents, can you think of anything you believe I’ve left out?

I’m retired now, and even though I love it, I confess to a certain lonely feeling as the new school year rolls around. I hope you and your student have the best year ever.

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About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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5 Responses to Reflections of an Old Teacher

  1. Get the homework and projects done EARLY. I could never stand to have the deadlines hanging over my head and tried to impress upon the kids and grandkids to just DO IT. You not only learn better and have time to do a better job, but if you run into a snag, you still have time.The plus side is that you can then relax and enjoy the rest of your time.
    Good job on this.I enjoyed helping my husband set up his classrooms when he taught.

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  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Great advice. It’s always better to have parent support. I retired almost 14 years ago from full-time teaching, but never totally left, so I haven’t had a chance to “miss” it yet. But even at the university level, it’s easy to distinguish students who have been taught to do the work and be on time, as opposed to those who slide by and always have excuses for what they haven’t done.

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  3. Jeff Salter says:

    Funny — in all the time I’ve mulled the end of summer, start of school term… I’ve never imagined it from the teachers’ perspective.
    Well, except once — for my novel, The Ghostess and MISTER Muir” (because Mr. Muir was a first-year teacher).
    – – –
    Great advice to parents, by the way.

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  4. What grades did you teach?
    When I was a student in high school I would put all my projects off to the last minute but now that I’m a parent I make sure that my kids get theirs done right away so they don’t have that stressed out moment of panic that they won’t get it done in time.

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