Tonya D. Martin
As a parent of a recent Guilford County graduate, I learned the hard way that my child’s educational success was determined not by what he did at school but what I expected at home. I spent years leaving the learning process up to the schools, why not? My son is smart, so if he did have a problem learning it had to be the teacher or a particular style of instruction. However every interim report I would see had incomplete assignments, missing grades and notes from teachers to call or email regarding his progress. The conversations were all the same . “He is a smart student but he does not apply himself.” or “I have a hard time getting him to turn in assignments on time.” Of course my son always had an excuse, “ The teacher doesn't like me” or “ I don’t understand the work and when I go for help he won’t help me.” I would communicate with the teacher on how we could get him back on track and he would do ok until the next semester. After a year I finally realized I had been duped. New semester=new teachers, same issues, common denominator =my baby. Well my son is smart, he is gifted and he is capable. I know this because I’m his mother. I also knew that I had to partner with his teachers and communicate with them frequently so we developed relationships and together we could ensure his success. I would volunteer on days off, I would show up unexpected to speak to his teachers and I had expectations and I made sure he met them. It’s never too late to turn the corner . My son finished high school on time and on track to become a productive college student. I work for you and I look forward to assisting you and your children in all your future endeavors.
4 Basic Truths for Parents
1. Children learn MORE at home than they do at school.
2. My child’s principal, teacher or athlete coach CANNOT make my child succeed without working with me as a partner.
3. I am my child’s MOST important teacher.
4. Other people DO NOT have more influence on my child’s grades than I do.
Being a parent is the most rewarding job you will ever have ….. excel at it.