At Smart Parent, we interact with Parents, Teachers, and many more educators. It’s fun to learn from their years of experience. Sharing something I recently learned from these interactions.
One of the challenges for teachers on delivering education in the Classroom is their communication with Parents. Teacher-Parents communication channel has to be constantly open. This acts as a feedback loop and propels both the parties forward.
As a New Academic Year starts, Teachers try to assess every child in the class on their skill levels, discipline issues, academic interests, etc. Along with this they also assess what kind of parents do they have to handle this year!
When it comes to parents and classroom learning there are 3 Types of Parents.
Involved Parents – They are on top of their child’s activities. They know what’s happening in the classroom from Subject Topics to child’s Friends. They meet and are in regular touch with Teachers over email / Whatsapp.
Reactive Parents – They are aware of their child’s activities. They participate in Parent Teacher Meetings. They reach out to teacher’s if there is a problem. i.e They react when some issue arises
Distant Parents – They are not involved with the child’s activities. They occasionally attend Parent Teacher Meetings. They do what is minimally required.
What does a Classroom of Parent’s Look like?
Typically 10-15% of parents at involved, 60-80% of parents are Reactive, 15-20% Parents are Distant.
What Type of Classroom Parent are you?
Now let’s look at how to self evaluate and steps to take as Parents.
If you are an involved parent, You know it already 😉
If you are wondering which part of this curve you fit in? Then you are a Reactive Parent 🙂
If you saw the title of this article and did not click to read it, then most probably you are Distant Parent!
Why this is important?
Whichever category of parent you are, it’s always better to portray yourself as an involved parent.
Teacher’s treatment of students is influenced by their perception of Parents!
This is not conventionally correct to say, but we must understand that Teachers are humans. They are bound to have biases, that in our nature. We have favorite teachers so why can’t they have favorite parents?
Teachers are very conscious of Involved parents. This comes not from fear, but from appreciation and respect. They like it when parents are involved and are willing to support and help them with Classroom delivery.
Parents! Here’s what you do
Step 1: When the next school year starts, as an involved parent, you can take time and meet the Classroom Teacher within the first 2 weeks of school opening. You can share your observation about your child, their likes, dislikes, and challenges.
This will help the teacher understand the child faster. Else it takes more than one month for teachers to form an opinion on every child in a classroom.
Step 2: Every often check-in with the teacher to find if they need any assistance not just for your child but for their classroom as a whole.