Friday, July 14, 2017

Parents, Teachers, and Kids Understanding the Roles

I was 13 when I started working with children, and I graduated in 1989 wigh my bachelor in of science in education. Though I gen
erally understood the role of every person in the educational perspec tive over the years I have grown to appreciate eaxch of the roles and how they intermingle to ensure children ger a greate education. I am going to give the statements first then I will break them down.

The Roles

Child-to come into the classroom having eaten breakfast, prepared with the needed supplies. Be willing to listen to and obey the teafher, follow directions, and an attitude geared towards wanting to learn. The will to do the class and homework to the best of thier ability and to get along with others.

Teacher-to have prepared lessons and planned materials so learning can take place, to teach subjects using as many learning tools and multiple intelligence experiences as necessary to ensure every student is learning the material.Speaking up if a child meeds more help. Assining classwork, homework, grading and recording the grades. Keeping up with current learning research, and professiona development. Giving parents all the needed information and support they need to help their children succeed in their current grade level. Please keep in mind teacher work between 60-80 hours a week depending on the time of year. They need all the help they can get!

Parents-to give kids an understanding of the importance of education and set up a homework space condusive to learning. To provide a time and a routine around getting homework done and returned. While also paying attention enough to notice if their child is struggling. Then to let the teacher know if they are seeing issues. Be a part of the school community by keeping in regular communication with their child's teacher/s, offering support to the teacher and to theur child, by attending parent/teacher association meetings (PTA/PTO), parent-teacher conferences and as many field trips, school assemblies, and parent nights as humanly possible.

Respecting the Roles

Please note there is very little overlap in who plays what role. Teaching is up to the teacher, learning is up to the child. Offering support to both child and teacher is up to the parent. If we cross the line and try to do one another's roles is where dhaos begins. In addition, blaming or shaming someone in how they are performing their role is detrimental to the learning process.. Insted, it is better to support the person and help them to figure out  how to get them what they need, in order to fulfill their role in the learning process.. A strong community is based on each person respecting the others, knowing their role and doing it to the best of tyheir ability. While encouaging the others in their roles. Stepping up as needed to help the other meet thier obligations wihout taking over their role. Giving them enough help to get over whatever hump is keeping them from fulfilling thier role at that time. 

Education is so important to the development of our children. However learning is up to them. Most people think learning takes place at school this is only true up to a certain point. Instruction and what is called guided practice takes place at school. Actual learning takes place as a person does independent practice which is the purpose of homework.If a child skips out on homework or does not do it to the best of  their ability then their learning is compromised. It is important for this portion of their role be diligently considered by th teacher, parent, and child. Understanding and appreiating the ducational roles will ensure your child can trhive in the school year to come!

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