Parent Involvement = Child Success

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This morning I had a parent meeting at my daughter's school. My daughter is 6 years old and in the 1st grade gifted class. The teacher said I'm looking forward to us working together, but I'm sure that won't be a program, this is the Soar class, the parents are typically way more involved.

Interesting.

The parents of the "gifted" students are typically way more involved? As opposed to the kids in a regular class? And the kids are already classified as gifted?She went on to explain that she had taught regular 1st grade as well and it was always just a few parents really  involved with a full vested interest.

This may seem like common information to some, in the education and social service field, but as a regular parent just trying to do my part, I was surprised. My BFF told me there is tons of research where we would be able to prove that involved parents produce more academically successful students... upwards of 60-70% more successful..

Could it be? The secret formula to student achievement isn't in the teacher at all but its in you the parent and your level of involvement in your child's education???

Funny because when a child is doing bad in school academically parents are usually quick to blame the teacher but this new information shows that parents too should be held equally responsible for their child's F. Few sit back and ask what they can do better to help their child learn or even better what haven't they done that they should be doing?

As I sat in the meeting listening to these 12 gifted kids parents ask questions on how to help reinforce math concepts and reading comprehension... I wondered what went on in the regular kids parent meeting? And why isn't this message, "YOUR CHILD WILL DO BETTER IF YOU GET INVOLVED"  isn't plastered all over every homework packet, review sheet, report card.. it may seem like common sense to you and me, but trust me when I tell you.. common sense isn't very common.

Teaching and learning doesn't and shouldn't end with the teacher, he or she is just the initial tool, parents have to realize they are teachers too, if your child learned a new concept in school and don't understand it, don't wait until they go back to school, still not understanding the concept, but waiting to have the teacher explain it again, help the teacher do her job by doing your job! Reinforce the concepts and explain it to your kids so they go back to school fully understanding it and can now apply it in class.

Last year when my older daughter was in a "regular class" and had a parent meeting only 5 parents showed up... I remember constantly being in contact in her teacher on her progress etc etc throughout the year and still only seeing those same 5 parents on trips and in class activities to the point where she would just ask us to be the ones to come participate on trips and in class events.

We had an in class feast at the end of the year and she wanted each kid to be able to sit at the feast table with one parent.. Again the same 5 parents.. That's it.

I know we all have to work, granted, yeah me too,  but where is the sacrifice? Or the reinforcement to even just letting them know that you care about their education!? The teacher even said she had a number of students who's parents she could never even get on the phone or to come in for a meeting...

Parents really? If that's your attitude towards dealing with your kids education, what do you think their attitude will be towards it?

They learn a lot of their habits from you, good and bad, and  parents need to not only recognize but remember that daily...

xoxo
Carrie Pink
Modern Day Supergirl


17 comments:

KP said...

I was talking to a friend of mine who was telling me about how her kid's experience varied from her own. I reminded myself that I was in accelerated/gifted/AP courses from K - 12, and I had no idea what a "regular" class looked like (note the regular in quotes). It might sound stuck up, but when I was in school, you aimed to be in SOAR or SP classes, no one wanted to be in the regular classes. Shocker, right? Our parents went to every parent teacher conference and we didn't have to be prompted by some trumped up award to show up, all through high school...my parents were the ones that when I came home with a 95, they asked me "wha happen to de rest of de points? yuh tink I send yuh to school tuh get kissmehass less dan 100?" Sounds unreasonable but those are the standards that my PARENTS set for us.

To this day, even in MBA courses right now, if I don't get a perfect score, I am MAD. I credit my parents for teaching me SOHCAHTOA when my teacher wasn't getting it, for grading and regrading my senior thesis that I needed to GRADUATE from high school, for pushing me when I didn't think I could be pushed more. That is what I now do for my daughter...and I couldn't imagine it any other way.

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