That time of year has arrived! As teachers excitedly welcome another group of students to our classrooms, we also open the door to build a great working relationship with their parents. If I could create a crash-course to assist parents as they support their students, this would be it! Read on to find out what I would (and do!) tell my parents whenever given the opportunity.
Welcome Back to School!
5 TIPS Teachers Want Parents to Know
1-It’s okay for kids to fail
2-Be involved & stay involved
An involved parent greatly increases the success of a child. There are several ways you can be involved in your student’s
education this year.
- Talk… a lot! Take time to discuss what your students are learning at school. Be sure to ask open-ended questions that elicit deeper conversations.
- Plan to volunteer at the school as often as possible. It takes a village to educate a child! Your talents are greatly needed and appreciated.
- Check on homework regularly. (But please don’t do it for your students!) Homework is assigned to reinforce the skills they have learned during the day.
- And most importantly— require your students to read everyday. Set them up for success with this goal. Read to and with your young children daily. Discuss what your students are reading, no matter their ages.
Check out this visual to find out more about how important reading is!
3-Test results are not the be-all, end-all
While assessments help teachers drive instruction, we believe education is about much more than a test score. We aren’t here just to get your child to pass that high-stakes, end of year assessment. As a parent, it is good to remember that just because your child may score poorly on an exam does not mean they lack intelligence. Also, just because they may score high, doesn’t mean there is nothing left to learn. A teacher’s overall goal is to help every student enjoy learning and be prepared for the great big world out there.
4-Healthy kids are better learners
Nutritious meals sustain your child’s ability to learn far longer than empty calories or an empty stomach. Make sure your children have a healthy breakfast every day. Even a piece of toast eaten on the way to school is better than a grumbling stomach during math class! Carefully consider what you send with your children for snacks and lunches. Examine how much sleep your children should be getting per night and adjust bedtime routines to accommodate those needs.
5-Be organized & establish a study routine
You probably already know the importance of providing a dedicated time and place for your students to do homework. You may also know to arrange a spot to store backpacks, lunch boxes, and homework folders. Did you know that there are other important study skills that can benefit your children?
Studies have shown that students who review information a few minutes before bedtime increase their ability to recall that information later. This is because all learning is “downloaded” into long-term memory during sleep. Does your child need to remember spelling words, math facts, or history content?
Consider implementing the “Bedside 5” in which your student spends the last five minutes before bedtime studying the most important information from the school day. In addition, we encourage you to limit screen time and strongly suggest turning technology off at least an hour before bedtime. Turning off the tech along with a Beside 5 helps prime the brain to first “download” the school day information once your child falls asleep. (This research and information comes from the great educational supporters at Quantum Learning Network. www.QLN.com)