It’s that time again and you are probably being bombarded with advice about how to prepare for the big day. Most of the advice is good – so I don’t need to repeat it here – but, just for a moment let us go beyond all the information and advice and take a look at ‘Back to School’ from different perspectives.
Your child’s first day of school is the last day of a teacher’s preparation for the new school year. Most teachers have been in school for a week already, getting books prepared, sorting out files, having meeting, making sure resources are in place and working out how to fit students into the right class.
For Vice Principal the time has been even more hectic. They have the responsibility of working out the timetabling for the whole school. No easy job. So the first day of Back to School for your child is something of a relief for teachers. Preparations are complete and the year can begin.
Teachers are ready.
2. Back to School – Students
Most students are very happy to be back in school. They may complain and they may be nervous about the upcoming school year but like the rhythm and regularity of the school days. They look forward to seeing new friends and reconnecting with old ones. But Back to School time is also a time of great uncertainty. What will the new teacher be like? Will I be able to do the work? What if I hate my new classroom? What homework will I get and will I be able to do it? – all questions that are in the back of your child’s mind right now. Even the coolest kid harbours some trepidation about the new school year.
Students are nervous.
3. Back to School – Parents
So where do you fit into this picture? You have probably been busy rushing round getting last minute supplies, being hassled by your child for the latest gear that he cannot live without and been getting ready for the new routine that the school year brings. All busy work.
But deep in your heart you are worried about the new school year. Will he pass or fail? Will she be happy or miserable? Will the teacher understand your child’s needs? Will your child make the right friends? and What can you do to make this year the best ever for your child?
Parents are worried.
The truth, the whole truth, about Back to School is that however much teachers prepare, however much students question, and however much you worry none of it really matters in the end.
Preparation is necessary but not sufficient.
After the first week or two all the teacher preparation will have changed, the student questions will have been answered BUT your worries will not have gone away.
The only way to avoid worrying about your child’s success is know what you can do to ensure that it happens. You need answers to your questions. You need to know who to ask and how to ask them.
The truth about Back to School is that only you can ensure your child has a good year. Only you have the power to make good things happen for your child.
Scary, but as my mother said “It’s easy when you know how”.
back to School preparation is not enough. If you want your child to have a great year you need to know how to provide support that makes a difference.
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