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25 Things Your Kid’s Principal Is Secretly Thinking

Straight from the principal's office: Use these tips for a better school year.

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A lot of homework isn't always a sign of a good school

Some parents think that if their child is given a lot of work to do at home it's a sign that the school they are attending is serious and has high expectations. However, a lot of research shows that homework is not the key to driving student success.

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Attendance and reading are very important

The greatest indicators of student performance and success are attendance and reading at home. Make sure that your kids read independently every night and that they are getting enough sleep and nutrients to stay healthy and attend school every day.

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We're all on the same team

If heated situations ever arise, it might seem like the teacher and parent or principal and parent are on two separate teams, but really we all just want the best for your child. At the end of the day, teachers, principals, and families are all working as hard as they can because they want the best for the kids.

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If you want to talk to me about a problem, schedule a morning appointment when I'm fresh

By the afternoon, I can get pretty frazzled. These are 33 things your child's teacher won't tell you.

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You're right, that teacher does stink

I'm actually in the process of firing her. Legally, I can't tell you that, though, so that's why I'm sitting here quietly while you complain.

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Of course I'm going to disapprove of a child missing class for vacation

What I won't tell you is that I encouraged my own daughter to pull her kids out of school to visit me during my break. These teacher-approved tricks will get your kids ready for back to school.


We had a young man struggling to focus during year-end tests

"My underwear is on backward," he said. That's the problem with all this testing: We're being judged by assessments taken by kids who may have their underwear on backward. If your child is struggling in school, here is what they should be telling their teacher.

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You think that what happens at home stays at home?

We hear about your financial problems, your nasty fights, your drinking problem. We end up knowing way too much about everybody.

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The child you see at home?

That's almost never the one we see at school. These are signs you're raising an emotionally intelligent child.

Don't tell me your child would never lie to you

All kids make mistakes, and great students are often the ones most afraid to tell their parents when they screw up.

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