Saturday, October 17, 2015

Take Care of Yourself in Order to Take Care of Students

The title of this post was almost "Sound Mind in a Healthy Body."  As educators we seek knowledge through workshops, books, college courses, etc.  However, we ignore our bodies which is the source of our strength.  Therefore, I am challenging all of you to walk briskly for 30 minutes three times per week between now and Christmas.  You'd be surprised how much stress we collect on a daily basis from morning and evening traffic, from our roles as educators, and from personal responsibilities.  It is imperative to release that stress via walking!  Walk for free around the block several times, or in a nearby park.  Take in the sights and admire your neighbor's flower beds, or sing along to your favorite songs in your playlist.

We don't have much to offer our families or our students when our energy is depleted.  Rejuvenate yourself three times per week to ensure that you can reach your family and teach your students.  We should all strive to have a sound mind in a healthy body.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Back to School Tips for 2015 - 2016: Review Your Child's Class Schedule

The 2015-2016 school year is upon us and how our kids start can have a huge impact on how they finish the school year, and their high school careers.  If your child is in high school make sure you review his/her schedule with a laser precision.  Review it like it is your bank account, because ultimately it may impact how much you pay for your child's college tuition due to the presence or absence of scholarships and financial aid. 

Start by gathering your child's graduation plan, transcript, and the current schedule.  All of these are available from your school counselor.  If your child received credit for a class on the transcript, check it off of the graduation plan.  Make sure that your child's current schedule only includes classes he or she has NOT gotten credit for.  We don't want our kidsrepeating classes they've already gotten credit for or taking classes that are not on their graduation plans.

Once you've done that, pay attention to the level and types of the classes on your child's schedule:  Is your child in a specialty or magnet program and are those classes present?  Does you child need an Advanced Placement (AP) or pre-AP classes? If you aren't quite sure, ask the school counselor. Pre-AP, AP, and dual credit classes can boost your child's GPA and rank so this is important.

If your child is in middle school and earning high school credit, the same tips apply.  You may want to request some high school credit courses if you believe your son or daughter is mature enough to handle them, because once a grade goes on the transcript, it never comes off.

Finally, attend Open-House to meet your child's counselor and teachers to establish positive relationships before you ever need to call them about a problem. 

That's enough to get started with.  I wish you and your children the best!