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September 1, 2012

Take steps to ensure student success

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11)  Boring also mentioned the importance of making connections with the teachers. Plan a time that you can meet with them to introduce yourself. Teachers are there because they have a keen interest and educational background in particular topics but, most importantly, have a desire to pass this knowledge on to others. They want your child to learn, so having an idea of their teaching style and expectations along with an understanding that you as parent or guardian would like to have frequent updates can make the school year a positive experience.

12) Don’t give up, speak up and ask about learning the material a different way are all part of a valuable relationship that parents, teachers and students can work on together. Parents can be the best advocates for putting a stop to the “why do I have to learn this?” by finding examples of why a certain topic or subject can be relevant outside of the classroom and assignments. Dixon added to this as she explained how important it is for students to learn to ask teachers for help when they need it. This lesson, this ability to address teachers with their questions, will help them out for all their future education and employment.

13) Be organized. At the start of this school year make a plan to always put school backpacks in the same spot. Important school papers always get put into a special, noticeable place so that they can be found, read, signed and returned promptly. Designate a specific study area that is away from the loud confusion and distractions where school books stay along with handy reference material and supplies, without gaming devices, televisions or phones.

14) High school students and their parents can benefit from becoming acquainted with school guidance office personnel. Smith explained that the guidance office is where students can find resources relating to colleges and scholarships, application assistance, resumes and career planning.

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