Teacher counselling beyond academics

The teacher-student relationships has to be taken to the next level. The teacher-parents communication should be on the regular basis.

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Children spend most of their time at school and at home. So, school can not isolate a child from his family scene and has to be intune with what's going on in the life of their students outside school. It would be nice for students to have a counselor/coach/mentor who meets with them on the regular basis once a week or once in two weeks and discusses academics and life, builds connections and get to know their coachee. Such counseling beyond academics may actually give person an insight about a student related to their progress in school which otherwise would be missed. Nowadays heavily structured school systems successfully list the necessary goals and expectations but fail at recognizing student's unique struggles which make it difficult for them to fit in the frame of goals and expectations. Their is a great range of students disconnected from school and merely accepting it as "the thing that needs to be done". This void can be filled by simple human interactions on behalf of the staff that doesn't emphasise mere academics and longs for recognizing an individual with their scope of struggles and unique circumstances and meeting them where they are in an authentic way.   

As to the teacher-parent communication it also has to been done on regular basis sharing the insights that have been discovered through coaching sessions as well as asking for some out of school happenings that can influence student's performance.    

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The approached described above has been widely used at Academy of Thought and Industry https://thoughtandindustry.com/. It has proven to build solid communities of parents, students and staff which in return reflected on student academic performance as well as help teenagers to cope with social and personal issues that are common for their age.

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I'm loving this idea. While we take into account the busy-ness of students, in making sure they're attractive to their next schools (extra and co-curriculars), I'm wondering if your school has thought about the technologies some other schools use. My first-grader's teacher has a text/email service onto which each parent may sign. While we receive general messages about the goings-on in the class, we also receive personal information that is individualized. The teacher is able to keep track of the messages that present a comprehensive view of the child, and makes parent/teacher conferences that much easier.

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Yes, we do use technology in our daily communication between staff and students as well as with parents. But the one on one meetings with students are done in person.

Photo of Worokya Duncan
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Wonderful! That definitely shows you're on the pulse of what the families need.

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