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What are the keys to academic success in high school?

Researchers and teachers alike agree that academic rigor is key to success in high school, with students and their parents contributing to high academic achievement. Parents should encourage their high school student to take more mathematics, science, and critical language courses in high school, even if they are not required. Also, they should encourage teens to challenge themselves scholastically—for example, by taking more Advanced Placement (AP) courses in high school.

As for students, you too can (and should) take an active part in ensuring academic achievement. Get to know your high school counselor, who is a resource to you and can also be your advocate with teachers and colleges. Take up challenging classes, even if it means you may not get that easy "A" grade. Talk to teachers before you take the class, and take your classmates' advice with a grain of salt. Finally, be an active student and participate in class. Teachers will know you, remember you, and you'll be rewarded by the challenge.

What are some best practices for the high school classroom?

New high school teachers can strengthen the classroom management plan in several ways, from stressing parent involvement to committing themselves to each individual student's strengths and needs. Parent involvement in high school often decreases as teenagers begin to exercise their independence. However, high school teachers need support with classroom management, and involving parents is one way to maintain control over the classroom. Contact with parents should not only occur when there is a problem, but also when students contribute positively to the class.

Constructive classroom management also has a tremendous impact on student achievement. Classroom management does not concern discipline as much as it structures and organizes classrooms to establish procedures and routines that allow teachers to teach and students to learn. However, high school teachers cannot always learn this in isolation; support from more experienced and exemplary teachers is crucial.

What issues do new high school teachers face?

Teaching is a both a rewarding career and challenging responsibility, and new high school teachers face difficult issues in and out of the classroom. In fact, new high school and middle school teachers are more likely to say their training wasn't practical enough, and less likely to say they get good advice from colleagues once they're on the job. Studies reveal that the real pain point for new teachers is students' lack of motivation and discipline. New teachers need effective, supportive leadership and motivation to be most successful with their high school students. Lack of administration support and feeling discouraged because of classroom disciplinary and behavioral issues are major contributors to the pessimism that high school teachers experience.

So what can be done? For a strong majority of new high school teachers, two items top the list: reducing class sizes and providing better and more practical instruction and preparation to individualize teaching in a diverse classroom.


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