When seeking ways to improve performance and morale in the classroom, very rarely does a teacher lean toward parental involvement as a solution. There are many reasons teachers are hesitant toward involving their parents in classroom decisions and lessons. First, parents are typically called in to a classroom when their child is having disciplinary problems. Second, teachers often call parents into a classroom when a child isn’t doing well academically. While these interactions are mostly negative, involving parents in a classroom has its advantages.
Why Parental Involvement is Important
Parent-teacher relationships are vital to a child’s education. Bringing parents into the classroom encourages your children to better themselves. Parents send a valuable message to their children when they get involved in the classroom and school. Children begin to realize how much their parent cares about their success and tend to work harder. The child who was once discouraged becomes confident. The child that had poor literary skills is now reading and writing above grade level. Involving parents in the classroom can bring on that type of success.
In addition to academic skills improving, parent involvement improves a child’s behavior. When children see their parents involved, they begin to follow the rules and respect their teachers more. You can assess how a child’s behavior has improved by keeping documentation of the behaviors before and during their parent’s involvement. Our Fun Friday Minutes Behavior Management Tool will help you to keep track of behaviors of all of your students throughout the year.
How to Encourage Parent Involvement
Parents can often feel uncomfortable in a classroom setting. They want to know that their child’s teacher welcomes them at all times, not just when their child is acting out. Showing parents that you appreciate them and allow them some say in decision-making opportunities in the classroom will help them to feel more comfortable. Parents of different backgrounds and cultures like to know their voice matters in school-related matters. Some parents may struggle with providing positive feedback in their child’s education. Providing trainings to help teachers in this area will help increase learning skills in their children. If parents are unable to become involved due to barriers, find ways to work around those barriers. Sending transportation for the parent with no vehicle speaks volumes of how much you care and want your children to succeed.
Children like to see their parents involved in all aspects of their lives–even school. They thrive from love and encouragement from people they look up to. Classrooms can be stressful for children sometimes. Allowing parents to come into that setting provides children with a greater trust in their parents, teachers, and in themselves. A community in which children feel safe and connected to their learning material is created by parental involvement. Encouraging parents to participate inside and outside of the classrooms brings higher achievement.
“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the involvement of parents.” – Jane D. Hull