Thursday, November 24, 2011

Everything I Need to Know to be Successful in School

As a grade one teacher, I'm often asked what skills children should master before they enter first grade.  As a result, I've researched this topic extensively and thought about it deeply.  Based on my musings I have composed a list of concepts every child should grasp in order to cope with the rigors of the academic world as I know it.

  1. TV's where designed to flit from one thing to the next. You are not a TV.
  2. Persevere
  3. Sleeves were invented to keep your arms warm. They were never meant to replace a tissue.
  4. Be a risk taker. It's okay to make mistakes.
  5. Lunch pails were made for the storage of food. Apples squirreled away in the back of a desk eventually turn to apple sauce.
  6. “May I please...” takes you further than whining.
  7. Ears are for listening.
  8. If adults were dogs, you would be a tail. Tails were never meant to wag the dog.
  9. Be nice.
  10. If you can't be nice, at least refrain from being nasty. Keep your tongue in your mouth, your middle finger down and your hands and feet to yourself.

    Research indicates that the most important indicators of success in school are the ability to listen and follow instructions, delay gratification, remain focused for extended periods of time, and function in a social setting.  Good luck to all of you out there with little ones who are preparing to leave the nest and take flight soon.  I hope this is helpful.