The school year begins and I rediscover a spiral bound book given to me a number of years ago by a dear friend and wife of one of my college professors, Marilyn. A retired teacher at the time, she handed over to me the volume that she put together to share with the parents of the children she taught. It was clearly a gift meant to share with the world — a collection of thoughts and tools and beliefs about what she was convinced it took to help raise a well-adjusted child who would be successful in school. Follow my blog posts and Facebook Page (Navigating Change) for tips from Marilyn’s special work. I am honored to have Marilyn and her husband in my life as mentors and friends… Thank you, Marilyn Love.
Tip from Marilyn:
You don’t have to be a math whiz or super reader to push success in school.
Dr. Benjamin Carson, one of the top surgeons in the country, was told by his mother when he was in the 7th grade, to turn off the TV, go to the library, read two books every week, and write reports on them.
He didn’t know until he was grown that she couldn’t read well enough to read what he had written, but it started him on the road to success!
“Parent Power: Making it Happen For Your Children” complied by Marilyn Love was printed in 1997. Marilyn gives deep appreciation to the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, where she was given the opportunity to complete this project at the Teacher-Scholars-in-Residence program.