If we expect our children to ever have a chance at becoming productive members of society, it’s going to take more than just the teachers working with them. It is going to take a collective effort from the teachers and parents to solidify our kids’ place in the world. Some parents don’t know where to begin and that’s okay. Here are a few pointers on How Parents Can Get Involved In Their Child’s Education.
Open up the line of communication with the teacher
Be a proactive parent. Parents should not wait for the teacher to extend an invitation to them, soliciting their involvement. If possible, parents should take their child to school on the first day and have a short conversation with their child’s teachers. It is important for teachers to know that the parents plan on being an essential part of their child’s academic excellence and see that they are getting involved in their child’s education.
Very busy parents may not always be able to attend the fall and spring open house or that teacher/parent conference. Fortunately, advances in technology have given parents the opportunity to communicate from a distance. Email and parent communication systems, on school websites, make this possible. Even making or returning a phone call could make the difference in the child’s success or failure. Open up the line of communication, because let’s face it, some teachers may not call a parent until there is a problem and that could be too late.
Join the local teacher/parent organization
Parents joining the local PTA gives their child a voice in his or her school. The PTA is the largest child volunteer advocacy association in North America. Becoming active in the PTA gives a parent the opportunity to put his/her finger on the pulse of the school. During meetings, parents learn of the different issues that affect their child educationally.
Constantly review conduct correspondence
Conduct correspondence is a form of communication sent home by teachers to the parents. In the correspondence, parents can see how their child in behaving in the classroom. Most of the time, conduct correspondence is to be signed and brought back to the teacher. Parents should not ignore this correspondence, for this form of communication gives parents an inside tract on areas where their child needs improvement.
If students do not value education, it is not a teacher problem. That is a parental problem. The parents are the ones who should lay down the foundation on which the child’s educational viewpoints rest. When parents also do their parts, along with teachers, their children will be successful at school and value the efforts they are putting in their education.