I love this time of year. The excitement that surrounds a new school year is contagious. The teachers are returning to their buildings and classrooms. The fall sports have already started. Everywhere I go all of the attention is on starting over, a new beginning.
I know that most folks start thinking about their new year’s resolutions in late December, as they get ready to usher in a new year on January 1. In my 40 plus years of school life, I tend to set my resolutions in late August as I get ready to start a new school year.
This is a time to look back on the last school year and take stock of what was accomplished and in what areas we fell short of expectations. If we want better results for the 2014-15 school year, we need to focus on what didn’t go well and what needs to change. Or, if we determine that the last year was absolutely terrific then we need to focus on what we can do to make this year just as successful. We set our resolutions, or goals, at the district and school level and we also set personal goals for ourselves as the superintendent, principals, teachers and support staff. We all have a role in making this new school year great.
Now is also a great time for you to sit down with your children and visit about their goals/dreams for the coming year. In a child’s school life, every year is an opportunity to enjoy a fresh start. But it doesn’t happen by chance. Talk to your children about making the coming year a success. Help them define what success is for them; it may mean better grades, improving math or reading skills, getting along with their peers, being a good friend, treating others like they want to be treated, making the team, and the list goes on. We all have different goals, but we will not accomplish those goals without knowing what they are and what we will need to do to achieve success.
As parents you will learn a great deal about your children by having this discussion about their resolutions for the coming school year. Part of the discussion should be how you, as a parent, can help them achieve their goals. This is a great time to have a positive talk with your children about school and their future. These opportunities will pass all too quickly. Don’t miss out.
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