Teenagers: Love 'em or Leave 'em?
I love teenagers. Of course, I don't live with any....yet. So it might be better for me to say I love teaching teenagers, especially the youngest teens, ages 13 & 14. As adults, we associate adolescence with moodiness and defiance, rather than seeing the challenges that our teens face as they grow into their own adult selves. The best advice I can give you is to be consistent in your expectations and overabundant in love and patience.
Parenting Book Recommendations
How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk - Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl to the Mall: A Parent's Guide to the New Teenager - Anthony Wolf
There are many considerations to make when preparing your child for state exams. Please know that I support my students' full participation in and effort toward PARCC testing. Through these test results, I can hone my classroom interactions with students to make sure they are ready for 10th grade and for college. Therefore, I have minimized homework (as you can see on the Daily Log pages) in order to help students' stress levels. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.