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.