— Reader's Digest interviewed educators in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, New York and Texas to get the scoop on what your child's teacher isn't telling you. These insider secrets will go a long way toward helping you and your child survive the school year.
1. My rule for hormonal middle-schoolers: Keep your hands where I can see them.
2. My first year of teaching, a fifth-grader actually threw a chair at me. I saw him recently, and he told me he just graduated from college. That’s what makes it all worthwhile.
3. I have parents who are CEOs of their own companies come in and tell me how to run my classroom. I would never think to go to their office and tell them how to do their jobs.
4. We don’t arrive at school 10 minutes before your child does. And we don’t leave the minute they get back on the bus. Many of us put in extra hours before and after school.
5. We are not the enemy. Parents and teachers really are on the same side.
6. The truth is simple: Your kid will lie to get out of trouble.
7. Encourage your child to keep reading. That’s key to success in the classroom at any age.
8. We can tell the difference between a parent helping their child with homework and doing it for them (especially when they’re clueless in class the next day).
9. Teaching is a calling. There’s not a teacher alive who will say she went into this for the money.
10. Success is not achieved by just making kids memorize flash cards and prepping them for an Ivy League school. Sensible parents know there is a college for every kid, and that responsibility and good citizenship are what really drive success.