— Teachers (@TeachersSeries) June 30, 2016
When you hear what happened last night, you’ll understand why I had to embed this graphic the moment I saw it. It’s better than a thousand words for explaining how I’m feeling right now.
My school’s graduation ceremony was last night and I missed it.
Yes that’s terrible, and no there was no valid reason. Just a strong comittment to get on top of things long before the 2016-2017 school year begins. Some things did go really awry with my day, but it’s still not a good enough reason.
We all know it but it still gets away from a few of us sometimes. Start the year with a bang and things tend to continue on that trend. So I tweeted my colleague, “I have a lot to make up for.” It starts now.. sitting right here at my desk. 2016-2017 stars today! And it has to be pretty big to live down last night. How about a final solution to unmotivated students from homes where parents are not invested, but want to be?
And I’m going to need your help.
The 600-pound gorilla
That’s right. I’m going there. Time to eat the big hairy frog. The teacher’s ultimate nemesis. All the tips and tricks in the book we try to get certain students academically motivated, none is more powerful than the right amount of parental involvement.
And just because I know you avoid thinking about it, let me remind you that the reason for that is that 600 years of teaching still hasn’t given the profession any potent solution to the problem of parents who just aren’t invested in their child’s education like they should.
Yes, teachers occasionally take the bull by the horns and focus on the parents. But I’m yet to meet a teacher who can sustain that year after year for more than one parent. Quality teaching takes enough out of you by the end of a single school day.
So I set out more than 20 years ago to tackle this problem. Won’t go through all the twists and turns that brought me to this point. Suffice to say that this isn’t the first beginning-of-July I feel like I’ve worked my tail off all year and still didn’t hit my goal.
Get in early on MAS
And I’m determined this is the year all of that changes. I’m really excited about it, but there’s a process involved that includes you…the teacher. In a few weeks I’ll be rolling out a huge beta program for parents called “motivate academic success.”
I want you as a partner in honing the beta version, and also getting it in front of your parents. And there are perks for YOU the teacher. I’ll be uncovering those soon.
So if this sounds like something you definitely want to get on board on, do so now. You’ll thank me later for doing so. Just hit the sign-up at the top of this post page, and I’ll take it from there via email.
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