Magazine article Work & Family Life

Teacher's Tips for Helping Your Teenager Succeed

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Teacher's Tips for Helping Your Teenager Succeed

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It isn't often that we get to hear an experienced high school teacher's perspective on teens. I And when you think about it, a wise teacher's observations can be especially valuable.

Teachers see our kids interacting with their peers, handling stress, making decisions, setting priorities and dealing with responsibilities in an environment we don't normally get to see.

Rebecca Deurlein, the author of a wonderful new book, Teenagers 101, writes as both a teacher and a parent. She provides strategies for getting teenagers to be self-motivated, take more responsibility for their learning, become their own advocate, present themselves well and much more.

Deurlein takes seriously the subtitle of her book: What a Top Teacher Wishes You Knew About Helping Your Kid Succeed. She gives advice to parents on:

-How involved they should be in homework and extracurricular activities.

-The value of AP courses.

-Modeling good organizational skills and study habits yourself.

-Helping your teen develop self-esteem rather than a sense of entitlement.

-When college may not be the right path for a teenager.

Filled with wonderful examples, the author gets to the heart of every issue. …

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