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Back to school: Teachers share best advice on how parents can help children

The Atlanta Journal Constitution – Maureen Downey

“Last year for a story for the print newspaper, I asked teachers on Facebook and Twitter for their best advice for parents. In 24 hours, 125 responded, sending us notes at 4 a.m., in between planning meetings and while waiting for their own kids to finish band practice. Some wrote the equivalent of book chapters, illustrating the most important piece of advice to parents: Realize your children’s teachers want them to succeed. I never shared all their good advice on the blog, but decided to do so this year. As an elementary school music teacher said, “We are on the same side. We’re not in teaching for the fabulous salary or fame. We’re here because we love children and we love teaching and we want the world to be a better place (sounds cliché, but it’s true). Please let us know the important things about your child, and listen when we do the same.” Here is advice by grade:.”(more)

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