Transitions from summer vacations to daily structure of school time can be tough. For kids, parents and especially for teachers. Teachers everywhere are thinking about the upcoming challenges that will be awaiting them in the classroom, playground, gymnasium, lunch room, faculty lounge and halls of the school.
- Provide meaningful opportunities for parents to participate in their child's education. Get to know the families and ask them what their strengths and challenges are in being involved.
- Help them connect with new or existing services in the area that can help them with specific challenges.
- Recognize that you are both on the same side and that is the team that wants only the best for the child.
- Understand that children change rapidly and judgments made last year or the year before may no longer be true. Give the child, parent and teacher a fresh slate.
- Treat each other with respect. You may find that there are those you don't love or like, but you do have an obligation to respect and treat with kindness.
Children, teachers and parents are going through a transition and period of adjustment when the school year begins. If each enters with an optimistic attitude and desire to have a successful and happy year, it is more likely to occur.