Start of the School year

Now, as in every year around late August to early September, we transition from the summer activities to the back-to-school frenzy.

Yet again, school buses travel the streets and gather students to their assigned schools. Students carry their books and backpacks back and forth. They meet their new teachers, take exams, hopefully do their assigned homework, and in the process learn the skills they will need for the 21st century. For many, this is a hard job. Sometimes they need support and assistance. There is no shame in asking for help when you need it.

My recommendation to all parents is to track their children’s performance and to require daily feedback that is detailed (not just the typical teenage “OK”). For parents of MCPS students: Edline is a great tool – and  it helps you keep track of how your child did on each individual task. You’ll be surprised how many graded homework  assignments are to be handed in during the school year. Be proactive – contact your children’s teachers, encourage your kid to meet with his or her teacher during lunch breaks to review and strengthen understanding, encourage him or her to take advantage of the free tutoring offered by many honor societies within the school, engage and join study groups, and spend time reviewing the material.

I know this will be a great year and am looking forward to help my students attain their educational goals.

-Dr. G.

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