High school should come with a manual, right? Then parents could prepare their children in the best way possible for everything that's to come — including the importance and significance of getting good grades, ways to get involved, what to do about cliques or bullying and how to handle crushes and relationships. Unfortunately, there is no such manual, so we did the next best thing. We asked teachers to share with us what high school kids should know.
Genola, a high school administrator and mother of a high school student, weighs in on what students should know before entering high school:
Jeanette, an educational director at an online high school, believes it's extremely important to get to know your teachers. Teachers are nicer to kids who are nice to them. Her simple tips for getting to know your teachers including making eye contact, saying "thank you," smiling and asking good questions. She stresses the importance of paying attention during class and always being respectful and courteous to teachers and other students.
There are many things parents can do to help prepare their child for high school. We suggest starting up a conversation on what your high school experience was like. Share with your child the highs and lows of high school, your favorite memories, sports or clubs you were involved in and your biggest struggles during school. By being open with your child about your experience, they'll go in with realistic expectations — and hopefully know that they can come to you with any problems they may have!
Readers: What are your tips on preparing for high school? Share in the comments below!
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