Becky Pringle is the Secretary-Treasurer of the National Education Association, the largest education union in the country. She was also a classroom teacher for over 30 years. She talks with UPR's Kerry Bringhurst about the NEA & Parenting Magazine survey released just in time for back-to-school anxiety and excitement. Pringle has ideas about how parents can help children succeed during the school year.
"It is not just about academics. We're talking about children who are growing and learning how to interact with each other. They're learning about themselves. All of these social aspects of school cannot be denied. We have to work together to try to make that transition as positive as possible for our students. One of the things that helps us as teachers with our students is when our parents give us a sense of who they are, their characteristics, their likes and dislikes, any special concerns or talents that they have -- that helps us individualize our teaching and see challenges or concerns that are going on between students as they develop socially."
Tips for parents on how to help their children be better students are at NEA.org.