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Back to School Recommendations

Thursday, August 11, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Professional Educators of Tennessee
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It is the busiest time of year for parents and educators: back-to-school. It is an annual ritual that many look forward to, and some dread.


It is true that the back- to- school months are extremely demanding for teachers and parents. This time of year causes mixed emotions of both trepidation and excitement. Here are a few tips for parents on how to begin this year on a positive note:


  • Routines are good and give a child added security. Kids need to know what to expect. From setting an appropriate bedtime to waking up and getting ready for the school day, our routines can help alleviate some of the stress that often comes with the busy start of a new school year.

  • Set realistic goals. Parents should want their kids to thrive in school both academically and socially. Goals may include grades, sports, and other extracurricular activities. Parents also have to be clear about their own values. Parents need to know not only with whom their kids associate, but also who their parents are. A telephone number and conversation between parents is always a good idea.

  • Develop an Action Plan. Going along with the goals you set, create an action plan for how you want to accomplish those goals. Sit down together and come up with a plan that both you and your child can work within. Having shared expectations, common goals, and a plan in place to reach those goals makes the school experience a team activity instead of a “child vs. parent” battle.


We have moved beyond parental involvement; educators need parental engagement. It takes parents and teachers working together to help children succeed in school and life. When parents partner with educators it will make all of our jobs easier.


If you put in place this positive structure, the fear and anxiety will be greatly diminished for everyone and students will learn better. Make the 2016-2017 school year one of success for teachers and parents and maximum learning for children. 




Karen Stroud is the Member Services Coordinator for Professional Educators of Tennessee, a non-partisan teacher association headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is hereby granted, provided that the author and the association are properly cited. For more information on this subject or any education issue please contact Professional Educators of Tennessee. To schedule an interview please contact Audrey Shores, Director of Communications, at 1-800-471-4867 ext.102.

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