My Quest To Teach

September 12, 2011

Parents, Students, Teachers

Filed under: Uncategorized — William Jackson @ 4:11 pm

Planning for Success In an effort to inspire and encourage parents this school year, parents are encouraged to be involved in the learning experience at their child’s school. Parents are an important key to their child’s academic success, data and actual evidence supports this. The school year has started and a learning tone is being established, the first consideration, do parents really feel they should support their child’s school? Understanding, knowing when to ask for help with a struggling student is just as important as asking why parents need help for their children to be successful this school year. There are key reasons why parents need to be involved. Their child may need assistance sometime during the school year and parents should and need to be involved. Involvement and investment in education is interconnected to the overall learning in schools and should continue in the homes of students. Stated in PBS Kids (Going To School) “parents attitudes about education can inspire their (children) and show them how to take charge of their own educational journey.” Accountability and responsibility are components that students must learn early and should be taught by the parent or guardian. The traditional school year is a 180 day knowledge experience; the first several weeks of school are important because quality for learning is established. Preparation has been established by teachers even before pre planning when the school year starts for teachers. The first few weeks for students is establishing learning procedures and strategies for the school year. Students set a tone of whether they |choose to be successful or challenge the foundation of learning in the classroom. Significantly parents have a choice whether they are going to be supportive, involved or disruptive in the learning experience of their child(ren). Parents are the first teachers, role models, inspirations, and foundations to success for their children. When parents start to consider where their child(ren) will attend school they must consider their involvement in the learning process as well. Parents cannot just “drop” their children at school andexpect teachers to teach everything. Again stated in PBS Kids that applies to parents, “When a young child begins formal school, the parent’s job is to show them how school can extend the learning you (the parent) began together at home, and how exciting and meaningful this learning can be.” When parents do not prepare their children for formal school they are the ones that create educational setbacks and handicaps. Parents cannot be ignorant to think that teachers should teach what parents are morally and ethically accountable for. Teachers teach academics not morals and ethics. Children learn differently, if a parent does not know how their child learns they are not connected with a key educational component. Children learn by a mixture of modalities (learning tools); visually (through making and seeing), tactile (building and manipulation), auditory (pay attention through hearing). Schools provide the environment to learn in a structured, supportive and academically sound environment. The career of an educator tries to establish no room for failure or setbacks. Parents involved in this learning environment take over at home. They can assist their child by encouraging them to do their home work, school projects, reading and making learning opportunities important. Andrew Robinson Elementary provides parents with motivation and encouragement in their environment from all modalities. The theme of College Preparation is not taken lightly. The educational environment is enhanced to show visual, tactile, and auditory learning for students and the implementation of reading. Reading is Fundamental to all Learning Stated by Shiketa Morgan, “as a childcare center owner of 14 years I see firsthand affects that reading has on young children. Reading increases the attention span, it expands a child’s vocabulary, and it promotes the love of books in young children. My favorite quote is: “The nation that reads much, knows much.” Thomas Jefferson Shiketa Morgan (www.shiketamorgan.wordpress.com) Parents no matter your reading level read with your child or children, the more you read the stronger reader you will become. You will gain a new respect and admiration from your child / children as they watch you grow in your reading ability as you and they both read together. Susan Becker, M. Ed. “Read aloud regularly, even to older kids. If your child is a reluctant reader, reading aloud will expose them to the structure and vocabulary of good literature and get them interested in reading more. Alternating reading: you read one chapter aloud, they read another to themselves. And let kids pick the books they like.” Educational Tips are provided below for students and parents to work by to build a solid educational foundation from elementary school to college entrance. Student Responsibility: Attend school regularly and be on time for class each day Complete homework and class work Follow school and classroom rules and expectations Participate in class, complete and turn in all work Read each day Treat everyone with respect and dignity Wear appropriate clothing that complies to the guidelines of the Code of Conduct School Encourage your parent’s participation Treat everyone with respect and dignity Parent Responsibility Participate in school activities, i.e. Open House, PTA Meeting/Activities and Parent Nights Attend all parent/teacher conferences Ensure prompt daily attendance by 8:30 a.m. each day Provide and ensure appropriate dress for your child according to the District’s Code of Conduct Set aside a time and place for your child to do his/her homework, free from distractions Support and cooperate with school staff Support a safe school environment Treat everyone with respect and dignity

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