Building Parent, Teacher Partnerships
Your child spend most of his days at school. Surrounded by teachers whom they tend to look up to as mentors, life coaches or role models. But your role as parent will always be viewed as being more important in shaping your child’s personality, interests and initial value systems that makes these receptive to the learning environment. Your involvement in your child’s learning is vital. Whether in primary school or College, you should be encouraged to get involved in their schooling.
The fundamentals principles for a proper education is rooted in the responsibility of parents to welcome the learned concepts, taught at schools, into the home environment and to not pass on the full responsibility for the learning process to teachers.
Never place an expectation on your child to be the top of his class. Rather encourage and support the teachers to ensure that the full potential of your child is reached. Remember – while teachers are experts in teaching, you’re the expert on your child. You know what stimulates, bores and interests them, what they’re good at and what they struggle with. You know your child’s learning style and you also know if there are any other issues going on that might be affecting their learning at school. Don’t keep the teachers in the dark. Communication with your child’s teacher is essential to make sure they can tailor their approach to your child while in class.
Attend the scheduled Parent Evenings – use this as opportunities to communicate with your child’s teacher and hear how your child is progressing academically, socially and emotionally.
This is also the perfect time to discuss and request possible intervention plans suitable to their individual needs, may have regarding your child.
In saying this, there are lots of other ways to stay in touch and to create a positive two-way relationship between parents and teachers. This can range from formal email communications to discuss progress and homework, to the casual WhatsApp chat volunteering your assistance at the next school function.
If discussing any issues you’re concerned about, make sure you ask the teacher for ways you can help at home that reinforce any learning that’s going on in the classroom.
Above all, remember that it’s a three-way relationship between you, your child and their teacher and that only by working together positively can you help your child achieve their full potential. Remember – your child may never verbalise his need for your insolvent in his education but will always have an internal desire for this and will feel immensely cared for when his parents are concerned about his education.
What are the benefits of parents being involved in their children’s education?
When teachers and parents work together to support learning, children tend to:
- do academically better in school
- Stay in school longer.
- Like school more.
- Eventually are able to enrol in higher-level programs.
- Are more easily promoted to the next level
- Attend school more regularly.
- Have better social skills, show improved behaviour, and adapt better in their educational environments
- Graduate and pursuit Tertiary Studies
How do higher performing schools engage with parents?
There are THREE main characteristics of High Performing Schools that are able to sufficiently accommodate regular interactions between teachers, students and parents:
- focus on building trusting collaborative relationships among teachers, parents and students
- recognize, respect, and address families’ needs, as well as class and cultural difference.
- embrace a philosophy of partnership where power and responsibility are shared.