A new school year is upon us, and now’s the time to set the tone for a successful year. As with anything, you need to be both mentally and physically prepared in order to make gains. Mentally, you’ll be at a great advantage if you’re cognizant of your learning style. You’ll also benefit from practicing a growth mindset. Beyond that, developing an organizational system that works for you will be key.
Study your notes nightly. That was every teacher’s dream for his students when I was in high school. All teachers repeated the same hopeful phrase, which has good intentions and honestly did motivate me.
I love to see kids struggle. Let me rephrase that: I love to see a child persevere through a challenging task and enjoy a sense of accomplishment when he says, “I did it myself!” It has taken me thirteen years of teaching and sixteen years of parenting to learn the value of independent task completion and how to put aside my ego to let students fail and succeed.