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Back to School Tips For Parents and Teachers

 

 

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Back to School Tips For Parents and Teachers

By: Ms Adrianna Savvides MSC. /Certified Teacher in Secondary Education

 

When I was asked to write this piece about first day of school, I reflected a lot on which way to begin and from where to start.  I began to reflect back on my own childhood memories, when buying a new school bag was the highlight of my day, or  the yearly visit to the book store, where pencils, pens, erasers, greeted me in their wonders of color’s and variety.  My teachers colored coded each subject in their preferred color blue, red, green, and soon enough my brand new school bag is filled with rainbows of colored notebooks. I can still recall the thrill and excitement building up into the first day of school. Meeting up with friends, catching up over the summer break news, meeting new/ old teachers and simply being in a total new grade level, was a fulfilling sentiment.

 

But painting a rosy picture of my school years wouldn’t be fair, as the truth be told; schools and children aren’t the same nowadays, twenty years after. Now children and schools have different and more challenging hurdles to overcome and work towards with the passing of every year. Evolution of time speaks for itself; in 2016 our society witnessed a lot of obstacles which affect the child directly and indirectly. When I became a teacher, I embarked on a revolutionary eye opening experiences, which helped me develop further over the passing of years, my knowledge of workings with young adolescents.

 

Some of the tribulations are derived from the jump from stage to stage, as the transformation is challenging for some students, while for others they sail through it. The difference lies in the child and the coping progress. Children are transferred frequently between schools for various reasons, but the requirement for the child to re-socialize himself/herself in the new environment and then change it yet again could be a mountainous effort on the child without the proper guidance and encouragement.  As a result, children show signs of isolation and lack of motivation in their school and environment, which leads to other issues if not carefully dealt with.

 

This brings us to the main idea of this article, how should parents/Educators prepare their children to build up their excitement for school? How should parents deal with the new set of obstacles our children are faced with, whether it’s behavioral, or academic achievement, or dealing with a hostile environment, where children are bullied, to dealing with a learning challenge etc?

 

Foremost, it is important to remind and explain to our children, that everyone coming into the school has his own individual struggles and that when you show compassion for others, instead of judgment you see more positive results. The manner we label ourselves and others, is a reflection of who we are and what children could become.

 

Parents are advised to:

 

  1. Spend time with your children after school by allocating some quality time to discuss daily events at school and openly share possible ways to resolve problems.

 

  1. Show encouragement and support to your child when he/she stands up for themselves or for others in an affirmative manner- this will help build their confidence level.

 

  1. Encourage your child to use action words that signify a ‘go getter’ attitude. I can do this, I will make it happen, etc.

 

  1. Encourage your child to do extra curriculum activities to fill their time with interactive activities that encourages socializing, team building by driving their passion into sports, or outdoor activity, or music or arts in general.

 

  1. Explain to children that some people may act in a mean way simply because they are undergoing their own personal problems for the day, which isn’t a long term thing, so they shouldn’t be quick to label that person as a bully unless their behavior is constant.

 

  1. Teach your child how to develop his/her problem solving skills- by staying calm and collected, brainstorming possible solutions to the problem which in turn will highlight what might happen next if they use this step, and implementing what they put forward into action.
  2. Finally teach your child to ask for help when they need it.

 

Educators are advised to:

  1. Build a team spirit within the class by involving children in setting up the class rules and in implanting them.
  2. Allow children to support one another especially when working on exercises in class- the strong helps the weak by rotation of subject interest and strength i.e. Ahmed helps his classmate Omar in Math, while Omar helps Ahmed in English grammar.
  3. Discuss openly with your class bulling, its effects and vocabulary usage that might be hurtful to others.
  4. Take immediate action if you witness in class, in the playground, or hallway, any behavior or action that is considered bullying. Speak to the individual in private and explain consequences of their words and actions.
  5. Work closely with parents and administrators at school involving them in problem resolutions and putting together action plans.

By following through with the above mentioned advices and anything else you might think of that could help you encourage your child to look forward to school and to the start of a new academic year, will mostly be appreciated by your child.

Let’s work closely and as a team in securing a healthy experience for our children and their schools.

Happy New Academic year!

 

 

 

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