In this article, we will discuss the responsibilities of parents, students, and teachers before and during the beginning of the school year. Continue reading to learn what you should do to make the beginning of school smooth and fruitful.
Help your kids get ready for the new school year
The role of parents during the beginning of the year is quick but important. Your two main responsibilities are to make sure your child or all your kids are working on their summer assignment and going to get their list of supplies with them (books, notebooks, pens, and other resources).
If your child is young, they will need more guidance and support at the beginning compared to a teenager who has been doing this for years and knows what their responsibilities are.
Your role as a parent is not about sitting next to them to make sure they study, but you do need to come up with a system that can help you track their homework and their progress.
Parents need to worry about their child's education but they don't need to do the assignments for them. There's a grey area between helping your child and doing their work for them. Try to avoid doing their homework and projects for them!
If you truly want to support your child you need to let them figure out some stuff for themselves because that way they'll learn to be resourceful and they'll develop problem-solving skills.
If you are always helping them, they won't grow or evolve and they'll become dependant on you and your support.
Students preparing for the new school year
As a student, the rhythm with which you start the school year can set the pace for your accomplishments and performance for the rest of the year.
Many students start the year by constantly being late because they can't get used to the new schedule, don't turn in your summer reading assignment, refuse or forget to get all the supplies your teacher asked for, continue to play video games late at night and aren't getting enough sleep, the list can go on.
Usually, the kids that start the year with a left foot, continue making poor decisions throughout the school year.
This is why you should prepare accordingly to avoid this pattern. If you get a good night's sleep every night, get all your supplies, do your homework and complete your summer reading, and do your best, you'll be on track to a great year.
Preparing for the beginning of the school year is not only about getting used to the new schedule and completing your summer assignment. It is also about meeting new professors, checking out each syllabus, making new friends, and knowing what other responsibilities you have to fulfill that year.
There's a difference between meeting your new professors and getting to know them. You'll meet them on the first day, but you must get to know them through the first week or two.
Getting to know your teachers will help you understand what they are looking for in different assignments. You need to learn how they grade, what they like to see in your assignments if they value in-class participation, what are their teaching methods, and so on.
This will give you an advantage when you study or do homework because you'll know exactly what they are expecting from you.
On the other hand, before class starts, you should read your class's syllabus to find out what it is you'll be learning in each class. If you have any questions write them down and ask your teacher once you're in the classroom because educators appreciate someone who took the time to review the course content.
Finally, some school years aren't only about class, the last few years are about your future and your education. If you're starting your sophomore, junior, or senior year, you need to be ready to take PSATs, SATs, write college essays, fill in college applications, do extracurricular activities, and more.
Preparing for this is as important as preparing for school!
How should teachers prepare for the new school year?
As a teacher, there is plenty for you to do before the year starts.
You can plan some of the course content and exercises, look for future project and presentation ideas, get to know a little bit about your new students, and see if your previous students had any constructive criticism you can work on.
Planning an entire year of class content in one sitting is impossible, but you can get started in August and plan for the first few months. Planning for one week won't be as helpful, which is why you should look at the activities for the first three months if possible.
It is best to get the planning out of your way so that you have time to concentrate on other bigger things like getting to know your students, making the beginning of the year fun, getting back into a routine, making sure everyone is on the same page, and so on.
You can also look for new resources you can use in the classroom, like a pop quiz webpage, an online learning game, or find cool supplies in a stationery store.
Getting to know your students is one of the most important parts of teaching. You can reach out to their teacher from the previous year and ask them to give you tips. You can learn who gets along with who, which kids are the rebel ones, if there is a child who is being picked on, and so on.
Finally, you can set up an end-of-the-year questionnaire about your class and ask your students what things they would improve, change, or keep from the school year. That way you can learn what methods and activities are working and ditch the ones that didn't work.
Are there any benefits of being prepared?
After learning everything that you can do in preparation for the new school year you're probably left wondering if there are any benefits to being prepared and spending all that time getting ready.
The answer is yes!
Preparing yourself for a new being will not only save you time and energy later, but it will help you adapt to the new environment much faster.
For example, let's say you're a student and you decide to prepare for school by implementing a school routine the last days of summer. This means that once school starts you'll already be used to early mornings, lunch hours, having a good night's sleep, and so on.
This will save you time and energy once school starts because you'll be used to the new schedule and instead of trying to get used to it. From there, you can focus your attention and energy on other important stuff like meeting your new teachers, preparing yourself to learn, organizing yourself, and more.
As a parent, one of the benefits of helping your child or children get ready for the school year is that you get to spend time with them and you also have a guarantee that they are doing the work.
Keeping close tabs on your children will also give you a sense of peace since you'll know how they're doing in school.
Finally, as a teacher, if you prepare for the school year with enough anticipation there are a lot of benefits you can enjoy. For instance, you'll have a lot of extra free time to focus on other things like getting to know your new students.
Many educators who procrastinate begin the year very stressed trying to finish up their class curriculum, but if you get that work out of the way before school starts, then you're free to use your time as you wish.
Like with everything in life, being prepared has many great benefits, and learning to build a habit around preparation is also an important life hack that will come in handy in the future.
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