Courtney Dealy - Boys Town National Training
Being connected to your child’s school is a great way to increase student success. Creating a school to home connection can reduce misbehavior in the classroom and at home, help teachers communicate when help is needed and improve academic performance. Here are some tips on how you can become better connected your child’s school.
Attend beginning-of-the-year events.
Many schools offer Meet the Teacher or Open House nights. These informal events are often intended to begin building positive relationships with parents and the community. They’re a way to open the school’s doors to you and your family. It’s a good idea to attend these events and introduce yourself to your child’s teacher(s), the administration and office staff. Making yourself known at your child’s school increases the likelihood that teachers will communicate with you; letting you know when your child does something well and contacting you early with any concerns.
Keep conversations brief and light.
Beginning-of-the-year events are typically a time to welcome all families into the classroom and school. When you talk to the teacher and school staff, keep your conversations brief. This allows you to meet and greet the school staff and vice versa while allowing other families to have the same opportunity. Save more serious conversations specific to your child and family for another time and venue. Schedule a separate, individual appointment for these needs.
Make sure contact information is up-to-date.
Schools use contact information to email and text important communication such as school closings, newsletters, conferences, special events or to inform you if your child is ill. At the beginning of each year, make sure your contact information is current. If any information changes, let the office staff and teacher(s) know.
Most schools have some kinds of opportunity to get involved or volunteer. The types of help needed and the process for getting involved varies from school to school. But watch for papers sent home, emails and attend the school’s parent-teacher organization meetings. Involvement helps to strengthen your partnership with the school leading to a more successful experience for your child.
Ask your child about the day.
Asking about your child’s day is one of the best ways to be involved. You get a pulse on the daily happenings of the school and class and an insight into your child’s role. It’s also a great way to support the teacher and your child, helping make your child’s experience in school a positive one. But there are pitfalls. Many people are familiar with the conversation: “What’d you do today?” “Nothing.” Or its cousin, “What was your favorite part of today?” “Recess.”
Here are some ideas to help you learn more.