Manchester superintendent offers teachers inspiration
She said the relationship teachers establish with students starting on the very first day of school will affect the amount they learn.
Livingston said every year she still goes school shopping — even though she needs no supplies — and picks up a box of those Crayola crayons.
“They believed I would be a first generation college graduate,” she said.
The principals of the city’s four high schools — Ronald Mailhot of Central, Arthur Adamakos of Memorial, Chris Motika of West and Karen White of the Manchester School of Technology — then outlined the district’s vision for the school year. The focus, they said, should be on the student and strong communication with students, parents and fellow teachers, and collaboration among the high schools.
“Books and supplies will be on hand and students will learn something on day one,” he said.
“Learn their names,” Adamakos advised.
Motika said there are a lot of students who need additional effort. What is needed is communication on all levels, especially with parents and students, including home visits or making telephone calls to home, he said.
“Consider going out with a colleague to do a home visit,” he said. “Try to figure out what the problem is to help build a stronger relationship.”
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