8 ways parents can work with schools to ensure student success
Surprises can spring up: a homework assignment due tomorrow, a project needs to be redone, a week of sports practice or games every night, a test the next day (sometimes 2 tests!). Classes are demanding. Kids need to stay on top of assignments. Strong effort should be expected.
All too often it turns out those forgotten school activities and assignments catch up with students. Parents need to remain involved in school, regardless of age. Students who have parents who get involved in school tend to have fewer behavioral issues and high academic success. How can parents stay engaged with the school without actually walking the halls? Thanks to technology—and the eternal need for volunteers—a parent’s ability to stay current on a student’s success is easier. Here are 8 ways to stay involved in your child’s success:
1. Be involved in the classroom.
Whether it’s a reading buddy or a classroom volunteer, spend time in your child’s classroom when you can. Watch the behaviors of your child and others. Use time in the evening to acknowledge good choices and offer ideas to stay the course.
2. Join the PTA.
This group is connected. They know the teachers, the principal, the lunch ladies, the custodians, and the office administration. Parental involvement leads to good conversation and the inside scoop on your child’s success.
3. Organize a school event.
A great way to meet parents and teachers on a short time frame can be while leading a school event. It may be a lot of work in a short timeframe, but the connections you make will stay with you all through your child’s school life.
4. Make a personal connection immediately.
Do not wait for teacher conferences to hear your child’s progress. Reach out to your son or daughter’s teachers and invite their observations of your child.
5. Use technology provided by the school.
Today many schools use apps, email, text messages, websites, and wikis to share information and monitor grades. Know how to use the apps and visit the websites. Schools are trying to make it easy, educational, and fun for kids to remember assignments and stay organized.
The adage ‘no news is good news’ may seem like a safe way to monitor kids’ success. Don’t be too quick to rely on this motto. There’s often one teacher to 30+ kids, or in some middle schools and high schools, 200+ kids. There’s not enough time in the day to remember and report all behaviors. Don’t find yourself in the dark. Ask smart questions to find out what you need to know.
Even if you only have 1 hour every 4 months, attend events at school. Support student organizations. Most importantly, attend teacher conferences. It’s a dedicated one on one time specifically for you.
8. Celebrate National Parents as Teachers day.
November 8 recognizes those parents who head up a classroom or participate in a classroom setting. Share an apple or a care package with a favorite teacher who positively impacted your child.