It takes a whole village to raise a child- African proverb
Creating a continuum for learning whether in school or at home helps children learn better and helps teachers and parents unify criteria. parents and lets parents know what their children are learning at a given time to help reinforce it at home and other environments. Parents and teachers should also connect to discuss issues that concern them.
The impact is that a true learning experience is created in and outside the classroom and hopefully this becomes a lifetime habit. If parents are aware of something children are learning in school then they can find ways to reinforce naturally.When very young children´s sense of wonder makes them curious to learn.
By creating a context where parent and teachers can discuss pedagogical issues ranging from cognitive development to behaviour, limits and norms, creativity, learning environments in order to maintain common criteria and also to reinforce learning and good habits outside school.
How’d I get this idea off the ground?
Offer parents the opportunity to participate in short monthly meetings to discuss issues that concern their children´s education and how the school and parents can work together in school community. Parents can also make suggestions on the issues to discuss. The could fill out a questionnaire. One or two teachers can facilitate the meeting.
How you can get started:
At the start of the year teachers could directly ask parents if at least one parent would be interested in participating in a monthly èdagogical meeting with other parents and teachers. Once they have an idea of the number of possible participants send out a questionnaire with more detail on the objectives of the monthly conferences, find out what educational issues parents would like to discuss with teachers and other families, and offer several time schedules to find a convenient time to meet monthly..
Metrics: You can only improve by measuring
Quality based research through a questionnaire are more important than quantitative. Study the issues discussed and satisfaction with regard to parents connecting with what teachers are trying to do in class and foster at home. Take into account whether parents organize activities for families resulting from issues discussed eg excursions; there is more trust and better relationships between teachers and parents, early detection of children's problems. All the resulting experiences can be used to improve the conferences in future years
Quantitiative: Number of participants and attendance.
Materials to get this idea off the ground:
The key is finding a good facilitator- a teacher- to coordinate the conferences where many parents participate and all can have a voice. When groups are too large small group workshops can be employed with a final sharing of the conclusions from each group.
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