In Tandem: Curriculums Drafted by Parents and Teachers

Parents and teachers come together to craft a curriculum for students to increase parent-student empathy and foster discussion at home.

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The goal of this project is not only to foster trust and improve communication between teachers and parents, but also to have parents and teachers work “in tandem” to improve student expereince.  

There are two parts to this project. The first is the method of creating a curriculum. The second is the implementation of the curriculum.

To create a curriculum, a teacher will host a series of nightly sessions at school at which the teacher will present the subject matter to be taught over the course of the term. From there, the parents will help the teacher to create a syllabus, to craft interactive and engaging lessons, and to formulate homework assignments. In doing so, the parents will be able to relay to the teacher crucial information about the learning styles of their children, and to create lesson plans that both the parents and the teacher are in favor of. In crafting the homework assignments, parents will later be able to better understand and help students with their homework in a meaningful and non-frustrating way. 

During implementation of the curriculum, it is the hope that parents will be less skeptical of what teachers are teaching their children at school.  By working on a personal level with a teacher of a single subject, parents may feel more inclined to see the rest of the school in a more favorable light.  At home, parents will not avoid looking at their child’s homework for the fear that they won’t know how to help—for they will at least have a basic understanding of the subject material and might have even helped to create the assignment. 

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As a student, I think this would be really cool! I’ve heard a lot from my parents that they always wonder what I’m doing in school, and sometimes they even want to help me with my homework when its something they loved to do in high school. But what ends up happening is they were taught a different way, and it becomes frustrating. I’d hope that this solution solves part of that problem!

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I like the idea of involving parents more in the curriculum. Watching teachers work together on curriculum can be painful and adding non-educators to the mix might bog the work down completely. Instead, I think parents should be able to provide input on the larger, essential questions. For a deeper taste, they could help grade student work.