We know how important your involvement is in your child's education - we also know how difficult it can be to stay on top of all of the important steps in planning and preparing for college.
Below you'll find this month's content - LEARN (info to know), DO (action to take), and TIPS (insights for success)
(Re)Connect with the Teachers
With our students spending eight hours a day (or more) away from home, we often wonder what they are doing in class, what they’re learning, and how well they are progressing. Children do better in school when parents play an active role in their education – close communication with teachers can play a big role in your student’s success.
While teachers welcome meeting their students' parents at conference time, making the effort to email or talk with them throughout the year can also help the teacher get a better sense of who your child is and know that you support their education.
Teachers appreciate knowing that parents are concerned and interested in their child's progress. And, this helps open the lines of communication, letting them know if there are any changes regarding your son or daughter and also indicating that they may reach out to you if they need to for any reason - decline in grades, changes in behavior, or a sudden lack of interest. Parents and teachers are natural allies; when they work together the students benefit!
Take the time to get to know the teacher as well. Understand his/her expectations of your student and what the typical course of study will look like for a day, unit, or lesson. Additionally, discuss grading policies, whether late work will be accepted, and in what ways you can support your child so that they find success. When you’re all on the same page, there aren’t any surprises.
Another great benefit of proactive communication with teachers is that when your student sees you effectively interacting with teachers, they know you trust them, they see positive advocacy, and they will be more likely to make valuable contributions to their own education. We know that school is not somewhere we send our children to simply keep them busy; show them that education is something your whole family values and actively participates in on a regular basis.
Talk With the Teachers
Now that the second semester is getting started, it is again a perfect time to talk with the teachers your student has this semester. For some single semester courses, this is a brand new teacher with new expectations – a great opportunity to introduce yourself and make sure that you know enough about the course to support your son or daughter.
In other full year courses, teachers stay with the same students. Now is a great time for you to reconnect – let them know of any changes from first semester, any concerns that came up, and even give them a thank you or note of encouragement! It is also a chance to learn about the content and expectations of the second semester.
A fresh start - The new semester is a time to start again! In most classes, students start fresh with their grades and can even be re-energized in their motivation and effort. Encourage your student to wipe away any doubt that lingers from before and to begin anew with renewed vigor!
Renewed Energy – With the start of a new semester comes the opportunity for renewed energy and effort in academics, activities, and even relationships. New semesters often mean slight changes in schedules (during and after school). Help your son or daughter see this new semester as a great way to learn from past and make positive improvements for success this coming spring.
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