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Monday, October 28, 2013

Advice for Parents

I ran across this article from our Association of School Boards this week;  3 Ways Parents can Help Teachers, and I find it to be a quick bit of solid advice.  In brief, the three ways are:

  1. Get educated about education.  If you're reading this blog I assume I may be preaching to the choir on this one.  As education changes and our districts change to follow best known practices, its always best for all patrons, especially parents, to be informed of the what, why and how of any change.  Staying in touch with the changes and asking the right questions is very important.  Which leads to #2.
  2. Forget your student experience.  Even if was just a decade ago, leaps and bounds of change are happening due to the rapid development of technology and our understanding of what engages current students best in their learning.  The Teacher Leadership concepts being funded by the State is one good example of that, as is the Common Core, Response to Intervention and grading reform among others.  Besides that, how well you did or didn't do in math at school doesn't really predict your children's success, or lack of, very accurately.
  3. Work with Teachers.  Teachers need you as a partner, support for their work and reinforcing it with your children will make all efforts more effective.  Its also OK to disagree, and to advocate for your student.  Just do it through the right channels so you and your child's teacher can understand each other and your opinions.  
Most importantly though, is to remember, teachers want the same for their students as parents do, future success.  A better life with better opportunities and more happiness along the way comes with successes in school.  

By the way, here's another blogger's list of things to help your students:
  • Make sure your kid goes to bed on time.
  • Read them a bed time story.
  • Talk to them.
  • Ask them about their day.
  • Have books in the house.
  • Read in front of them.
  • Eat healthy meals at regular times.
  • Turn off the t.v., the playstation, the gameboy, the iPad, the phone....
  • Have a conversation.
  • Teach your child to take personal responsibility.
  • Let your kid cut and glue things.
  • Teach them to say please, thank you, and excuse me.
  • Teach your child to cook, so they can follow directions.
  • Tell them not to shout indoors.
  • Don't always give them their way.
  • Say no sometimes. And then stick to it.
  • Count things.
  • Point out shapes and colors.
  • Go to museums, plays, concerts.....
  • Etc., etc., etc.,

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