What is parent-teacher engagement?
Parent-teacher engagement can be defined as a shared responsibility between parents and teachers to aid the success of a students’ schooling and academic achievements. Parent engagement is initiated when teachers include parents in upcoming school events and meetings, and when parents provide academic support to their children at home. This way, both parents and teachers are committed to enhancing the learning experience of the student through lending at-home support and engaging the parent in school matters respectively.
Why is parent-teacher engagement important?
While many parents engage in their child’s academic career through online portals and updates received from teachers, it is important for parents to go one step further. Digital technologies are a great way for teachers to keep parents updated on student progress, homework, and more, but they should not replace parent-teacher meetings, school activities, and other similar interventions.
At the Ambassador International Academy, we host monthly parent-teacher meetings to update parents on their child’s academic progress and, where applicable, make suggestions for further improvement. This process allows teachers and students to bridge the gap in between learning with the support of parents. Student-Led Conferences (SLCs) are organised termly, providing key opportunities for students to advocate their own learning experiences.
Research by the Early Learning Network suggests that a student’s grades tend to improve, along with their attitude and ways of working in the classroom and beyond when parents are involved in the academic process. Students with parents that show active involvement in their child’s learning journey tend to present with fewer behavioral problems while showcasing enhanced social capabilities and the ability to cope better with change.
How can I become more involved in my child’s learning?
While many parents may find it difficult to be constantly involved in their child’s education, there are many ways to stay informed and show your support. The Ambassador International Academy is one of the international schools in Dubai that value parent-teacher communication. We have a strong and successful system in place to encourage parents to raise concerns, if any, through the channels of communication set out. Our teachers also communicate effectively with parents, providing regular updates on student assignments, progress and overall performance.
Here are some ways to become actively involved in your child’s learning:
- Make an effort to build a relationship with your child’s teacher. Being able to receive regular updates and have a shared understanding with the teacher is key to the success of your child’s academic career.
- Volunteer at school activities when you have the opportunity to. Whether it be a school sports event or a fundraiser, being engaged with your child’s school allows you to develop an understanding of the school ethos and vision, enabling a culture of pride for your child to latch onto.
- Be open with your child’s teacher about certain goals and concerns you may have regarding your child. Whether it be academic or social concerns, it is a great way to set a level of expectation and understanding. Be sure to ask the teacher to do the same with you.
- Instil a culture of learning and communication within your home. This can be done by helping your child with daily homework tasks and assignments, checking their communication book for updates or feedback from the classroom teacher, and more.
- Read with your child, play educational games together such as puzzles or math games, and make learning fun at home.
According to the Early Learning Network, parent-teacher relationships can be nurtured through the three C’s of Communication, Consistency and Collaboration:
- Communication: regular two-way communication is required to stay updated on student performance and other updates the parent may deem important to state.
- Consistency: establishing a set routine for your child at home and availing opportunities to enjoy home-based learning is essential to let your child know that he or she is receiving consistent support both at home and at school.
- Collaboration: working together with your child and his/her teacher allows you to develop beneficial strategies that encourage improved academic performance.
The Ambassador International Academy is committed to the highest standards of student academic achievement, going above and beyond in our efforts to support and develop students into world leaders. We work collaboratively and actively with parents to aid their children’s school success, ensuring our students can reach their full potential and progress to the next stage within their academic careers.
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Early Learning Network: https://earlylearningnetwork.unl.edu/2018/08/29/parent-teacher-relationships/