Parental Involvement in Schools

As a parent I feel that the more you can be involved the better your able to help you child. You can understand the direction the teacher is taking so you are able to help with homework. It also has shown my own children how important I think their education is and education as a whole is. In the early years of school this seemed a lot easier because there were more opportunities to help and my children needed more direction.

In their high school years I found it more difficult. You are hoping that they are becoming more independent and responsible for their own things including their grades. It’s a fine line to rescue and help or let them fail at smaller things so they can grow. That’s difficult.

The school also plays an important role in determining the levels of parental involvement in school. The schools can outline their expectations of me as the parent and regularly communicate with parents about what our children are learning. Also, schools can provide opportunities for parents to talk with teachers about our role in our children’s education, such as back to school nights and parent-teacher conferences.

I found nothing to the contrary, parental involvement is crucial to the success of the student. As a new teacher I understand the need to include ALL parents, that is my responsibility and I also understand I may need to get creative in involving all parents. “Ongoing research shows that family engagement in schools improves student achievement, reduces absenteeism, and restores parents’ confidence in their children’s education. Students with involved parents or other caregivers earn higher grades and test scores, have better social skills, and show improved behavior” (Garcia, Thornton).

Reference:

Garcia, L., & Thornton, O. (2014, November 18). The Enduring Importance of Parental Involvement. Retrieved October 28, 2015, from http://neatoday.org/2014/11/18/the-enduring-importance-of-parental-involvement-2/

 

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