I am sure that you have heard the saying, ‘it’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease’. Well, in schools, it is the committed parent whose child gets the best education!
I know that it shouldn’t work that way – all children should get the education they need and deserve – but it does. After 35 years in the classroom I have seen countless occasions where parental involvement made a difference to children’s schooling.
But there are ways parents can do this effectively rather than turning the teacher off and making life difficult for a child. Yes, unfortunately it does happen and I know that many parents shy away from getting involved with their child’s teacher because they fear their child will be stigmatized.
Here are three simple ways that you can – and must – get involved with your child’s school to ensure that your child gets the best that the school can offer.
Too often children fall in the cracks between school and home. Communication is the answer. You need to know what your child is doing in school and the teacher needs to know what you are doing at home. Report cards and parent-teacher conferences are not enough. Find ways to communicate on a regular basis with your child’s teacher and expect him or her to do the same for you.
This is harder to do but oh so important! Kids learn in many different ways. Teachers teach in a limited number of ways. If the way your child is being taught does not match the way he or she learns best schoolwork will become a struggle. Discover how your child learns and how the teacher teaches so you can provide strategies that help your child adapt his learning. ( My Good to Great Program helps you do this!)
Learn about the support systems that are available for parents. Each school should have an organization dedicated to giving parents support. Get involved and find out exactly how that group can support you and your child. And, if you have concerns about how your child is being taught consult this organization to discover what you can do to change the situation.
These are the three C’s of working with a school so that your child s=gets the best the school can offer.