Tuesday, August 26, 2014

#30 Goals EDU: Engage parents

The school year is beginning in a while and who can be our best "allies" than the parents of our students.
Well... Parents sometimes bring us in a difficult position asking for things that cannot be done. I don't think that they do it on purpose, though, they just want what is best for their kids and sometimes they are misinformed.

Part of our job is to help them understand the needs of their children. What better way is there than to involve them in the learning process of their children!!
Here are some things I have thought and could make the difference:

  • Organize an Open Parent seminar day in the beginning of the year.  Inform parents how you work, what your goals are, answer their questions, get to know them,  listen to what they have to say.
  • How about an Open Observation day? This can be done either in the middle of the school year or on an extra day. Parents take part in the lessons with their children. Or children prepare projects and present them in front of their parents
  • Parents classes. Who says adults can't learn too? Maybe they are interested in learning a foreign language themselves? It is a great way to see how they function as learners.
  • Parent-children movie night. On weekends. Films without subtitles. You can have students answer questionnaires or do projects on the movie as well. Parents can choose the films, bring food maybe?
  • Christmas and End-of-the Year Events. Children perform a play or sketches.  Parents can help with:

  1. Food preparation
  2. Rehearsals 
  3. Costumes
  4. Music
  5. Organize a small performance themselves?

All in all, you can create relationships with parents. After all, they are the ones who know our students best!

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