Communication between parents, teachers, and students has always been important. With the majority of students learning from home, participating in remote learning, it is more important than ever. Communication acts as a bridge to engagement, and ultimately, strong parent partnerships. During this time, parents and teachers are both facing new obstacles that can feel overwhelming, as both parties are having to take on a lot of responsibility to ensure their students are understanding course material and maintaining motivation to do well. Parents who feel uncomfortable reaching out to teachers need to understand that they are welcome to do so, as establishing that first connection allows them to work together to help students reach their academic potential. Keep reading to learn more, and for any information regarding New Vision’s enrollment process, or for remote learning resources, contact us today.
Parents Should Be Just As Involved As Teachers in Students’ Education
Both parents and teachers play a pivotal role in educating a child. Parents are a child’s first teacher, teaching their children essential life and academic skills while also providing love and support that help students healthily develop. When teachers partner their ability to inspire thought and creativity with the foundational support parents provide, students are better prepared to have a positive school experience. It can greatly benefit students when parents and teachers work as a team. Here are a few ways that positive parent and teacher connections impact student success.
Students Are More Invested And Engaged In Class
Positive connections between parents and teachers can inspire students to develop a trust in their teachers. They see that their parents and teacher have a positive and supportive relationship that is geared toward helping them succeed, so they may be more comfortable asking for help on assignments, raising their hand during class, and may be even more inspired to act intentionally to reach their academic goals.
It May Strengthen Communication Between Parents and Their Student
Middle school is an especially challenging time because students likely feel some kind of peer pressure or social isolation, especially with the move towards remote learning. It can feel incredibly difficult for students to open up to their parents and express their challenges and feelings. A student that sees strong communication between their teacher and their parents may encourage them to connect with their parents about things happening in the classroom or in their personal lives. Plus, the involvement makes students excited to share success stories, which is great for also building confidence and trust between parents and their children.
Parents Know When Students Need Help
As briefly mentioned above, middle school students may find it difficult to open a line of communication between them and their parents. When parents and teachers engage in effective communication, the teacher is able to reveal any problem areas that the student is struggling in, whether it be socially or academically. It is beneficial for parents because they get a better understanding of how they can be there for their child and what kind of support that their child needs.
Strong Parent-Teacher Communication Is Also Great for the Teacher
Research shows that parental involvement can free teachers to focus more on the task of teaching children. Plus, by having more contact with parents, teachers learn more about the students’ needs and home environment, which is information they can apply toward better meeting those needs. Teachers are experts in teaching, and parents are experts on their child. They know what stimulates and bores them, what interests them, what they’re good at, and what they struggle with. Parents who know their children’s learning style can communicate that with their teacher, which will likely improve the students-teacher relationships as well as their approach to teaching the student.
Show Empathy to Teachers
Teaching can be an incredibly difficult job. The work is stressful and overwhelming, and sometimes teachers feel overworked and underappreciated. Parents should always be an advocate of their child, but it shouldn’t come at the cost of the teacher. A great way to support a teacher is to be patient, understanding, and offer your help. Parent-teacher relationships work when all parties commit to contributing what they can to make the partnership work.
Communicating with your child’s teacher isn’t just about attending parent-teacher interviews and conferences — there are lots of other ways to stay in touch and to create a positive two-way relationship. Talk with your child’s teacher to learn their most preferred method of communication and from there, discuss any issues you’re concerned about, making sure you ask the teacher for ways you can help at home that reinforce any learning that is going on in the classroom. New Vision is committed to providing your middle schooler with the best educational experience possible, while also being available to parents for any questions or concerns they have. If you would like to speak with a teacher or learn more about our remote curriculum, contact our charter school in Loveland today.