What teachers want you to know this school year

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by Sachelle Saunders

Franklin, WI- Before the first book is cracked open, or a student has stepped foot in the hall, Forest Park Middle School teachers are hard at work.

"We're putting up posters; we're rearranging furniture for the best environment for our students. We are making changes to our instructional materials,” Special Education teacher Kim Trendel said. 

But, while teachers are preparing in class, they say the real work starts from home

"Everybody come here with the mindset that we're really here to do what's best for kids, but we need everybody's help," Trendel added.

One thing could set the tone for the entire school year. Twenty-two year veteran Christine Bachofen says it starts with one question.

"Specifically ask, what can I do to help my child? Because, the answer that we might give one parent could be different than what we give another parent."               

And then keep the lines of communication open.

"The sooner we can all just communicate with each other and not be afraid to ask for those questions and ask for that help, I think a lot of problems later on could be alleviated," Trendel said.

And if you think homework isn't important think again.

"Trust the teachers that the work they're sending home is valuable, and support that," Bachofen said.              

Most important advice teachers could offer, realize they are on your child's team,not against them.  Also, don't worry about first day jitters, teachers have them too.

"There's a lot of anxiety. I think we're all afraid of the unknown," Trendel said.

School starts September 2nd

 

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