Advice & Opinion on Rolling into School Season



Most people today are making their decisions based upon the thoughts, ideas and opinions of others rather than doing any extensive research for themselves. This collective “group think” is pervasive throughout our western culture. People care more about keeping up with others, having accepted opinions, being liked and popular than they care about perhaps being correct. But then, they’ll say, being correct is a relative and judgmental term. Most parents will collaborate with neighbors, peers, friends and other parents to determine what is advisable for their student to acclimate best to the renewed school year. To the contrary, why not instead, go to the source and seek advice from those who actually determine what is correct for the students and obtain their opinions. Here is insight from a few perceptive classroom teachers. Question: What is the best preparation a student can do for your classes this fall?

ENGLISH: “English is still just about reading and writing. Renamed terms like composition and literary studies, the students are still performing the fundamentals. So preparation should include a designated time each day for practice and disciplined involvement with reading and writing that the student finds to be enjoyable. Read something light and perhaps humorous for a short period of time.  Then write a couple of paragraphs regarding what was just read. This additionally helps with comprehension as well as organizing thoughts and capturing what is meaningful.”


MATH: “The study of math in school has many purposes, but the most important is to simply teach logical thinking. Ask yourself the proverbial question, have YOU used your algebra today? Most likely not, as most people have no requirement for it in their daily activities. Various math courses are taught to expose students to these disciplines and tools. The best preparation is to drill oneself on fundamentals that strengthen the basics and keep the mind sharp. It is fun to do math puzzles and other logical, problem solving exercises. This strengthens the alertness for any person.”


SCIENCE: “We want students with inquisitive minds. Preparation for a science class says to come in prepared to ask questions. Those inquiries should be to challenge themselves to find out the who, what, why, when, how and how much for everything studied. Therefore, outside of class students should be stimulated by asking them questions regarding the who, what, why…etc. of whatever they are engaged in at the time. Furthermore, they need to have the confidence that asking these types of questions is a penalty free environment. There are no dumb questions!”


SLEEPING in CLASS:  While this is not a required class, it seems to be a course that many students take. There is an old saying that “a teacher is one who talks in someone else’s sleep.” Nevertheless, students often do not get proper rest at night. To address this, Tuckright Blanket Suspenders®  should be used on every child’s bed to keep them properly covered all night. They need rest, not restless sleep. Click here to learn more on how Tuckright® works!


GYM: “A requirement in most all states is some type of exercise activity during the school day. The athletic kids have no problem with this. But the more studious, perhaps reserved students, and of course the lazy couch potatoes with the muffin tops are a bit reluctant to actively participate in these classes. The simple answer to this dilemma is walking. If these less willing students would just get up and go for a walk every day they would find their energy levels increasing and they would be better prepared for most gym classes.”


LANGUAGE: “Now, with the increased emphasis on immigration, the Spanish language is a required course in most public schools. The only way to prepare for these courses is exposure to the language. Talking the language with other students, listening to recordings and translating, reading short stories, using flash cards of items with their names are the main ways of accomplishing this. The student needs to read it, hear it, visualize it and converse with it in order to grasp the language. There are no short cuts.”


What’s the best advice you’ve received from a teacher? Share with us in the comments below!