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Old 09-24-2013, 03:29 PM
 
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I'm curious about some of the answers I will get from involved or uninvolved parents in their child's education. How involved do you get when it comes to your child's education and what are your expectations from their teachers? Principal? As parents, how much information do you expect when it comes to your child while their in school? Do you feel it's best to butt out and let the teachers do their job? Do you feel comfortable without question, letting their teacher do their job and just waiting on their report cards? How involved do you feel is too involved?
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Old 09-24-2013, 04:05 PM
 
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My child is in a charter school as a kindergartner. Parent involvement is a huge part of the school culture. I've emailed the teacher a couple of times this year when I think it's been warranted. We have an agenda book that is sent home daily and it has notes on the day and any homework they have as well.I f there was a serious problem I would expect to be notified immediately by the teacher. The first lines of communication should always be with the teacher (IMO) and if I couldn't get anywhere with her then I would go to the principal.
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:45 PM
 
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I agree 100% with the above poster. Also keep in mind that some kids need more "team work" from parents and teachers to learn to succeed. If a child is sailing by then less involvement is needed as long as the child is being challenged and nurtured. If the child can barely keep up with the other classmates the teacher and parent need to work together to help.
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:49 AM
 
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I get involved with the school itself, PTA, Math/Science Olympiads etc. The teachers have my contact info and if they need to contact me they will. But I don't volunteer in their classroom nor do I interfere with the teacher. I prefer for my kids to try and solve any issues, questions etc with the teacher themselves first before I get involved. I've thankfully only had to contact the teacher a handful of times the last several years. I do keep track with the online parent portal to their grades etc.

I think it's too much to have lunch with them several times a week, volunteer more than twice a week in the classroom itself, ask the teacher several times a week how are their kids doing etc. I've seen this a lot.
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:02 AM
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As a teacher I welcome parental involvement. I would love to see parents observing what I do every day of the week.

Parental involvement works best if it is from day 1 and not the last week of the marking period, We use an online grading program, ENGRADE. Parents and students have 24x7 access to the student's grade. We also use it for communications.

Last year I had over 1,000 separate messages threads from and to parents and students.

Unfortunately, though we put our use of Engrade in writing and have parents sign the form, 15 - 20% never sign up and get an account. Lack of computer at home is NEVER the reason.

We also have a WIKI with our homework calendar. It is tedious when we get the "Delbert never has homework and I don't know how to check."

If you want to be involved that is great, but be involved for the long haul and to improve your child's education, not to "rescue" your child when you hear his or her side of a story and you come in to kick my butt.

Remember, you have one child to worry about, the teacher has 80 - 120. If you suspect something is not right, step up and initiate contact. In my case, it is a lot easier to respond to a parent than to always remember to bring something to the parent's attention.

Thanks for your interest in your child's education. IMHO Parental interest is 75% of the deal!
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:48 AM
 
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I get involved with the school itself, PTA, Math/Science Olympiads etc. The teachers have my contact info and if they need to contact me they will. But I don't volunteer in their classroom nor do I interfere with the teacher. I prefer for my kids to try and solve any issues, questions etc with the teacher themselves first before I get involved. I've thankfully only had to contact the teacher a handful of times the last several years. I do keep track with the online parent portal to their grades etc.

I think it's too much to have lunch with them several times a week, volunteer more than twice a week in the classroom itself, ask the teacher several times a week how are their kids doing etc. I've seen this a lot.
We are not allowed to volunteer in our child's classroom. We can volunteer in other classrooms or in other grades. I think this is a good rule. Some parents were very upset when they first heard this rule.

We also have an online portal where daily homework and grades are kept. They send announcements through there as well. We can also access the kids PLP's and see how they did on their testing.
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:49 AM
 
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As a teacher I welcome parental involvement. I would love to see parents observing what I do every day of the week.

Parental involvement works best if it is from day 1 and not the last week of the marking period, We use an online grading program, ENGRADE. Parents and students have 24x7 access to the student's grade. We also use it for communications.

Last year I had over 1,000 separate messages threads from and to parents and students.

Unfortunately, though we put our use of Engrade in writing and have parents sign the form, 15 - 20% never sign up and get an account. Lack of computer at home is NEVER the reason.

We also have a WIKI with our homework calendar. It is tedious when we get the "Delbert never has homework and I don't know how to check."

If you want to be involved that is great, but be involved for the long haul and to improve your child's education, not to "rescue" your child when you hear his or her side of a story and you come in to kick my butt.

Remember, you have one child to worry about, the teacher has 80 - 120. If you suspect something is not right, step up and initiate contact. In my case, it is a lot easier to respond to a parent than to always remember to bring something to the parent's attention.

Thanks for your interest in your child's education. IMHO Parental interest is 75% of the deal!
This is what I tell my kids, this is your grade and your responsibility. I also will look it up online and show them what's their grade. If they have an issue, they need to approach the teacher. And I did this from elementary school. I am involved with them at home by asking questions, checking their graded work and asking them directly anything I wonder about. And if they don't know the answer, then they ask their teacher.

But all parents are different though and I respect that. Some prefer to deal with the teachers themselves and that's fine.
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:51 AM
 
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We are not allowed to volunteer in our child's classroom. We can volunteer in other classrooms or in other grades. I think this is a good rule. Some parents were very upset when they first heard this rule.
That's a terrific rule, I would have loved that. At my kid's school it got a bit out of hand. Some parents are there every day of the week at lunch, recess and classrooms helping the teacher. I am of a mind to let the kids be on their on under supervised conditions such as school. Parents need to let go a little.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:14 AM
 
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I'd say working with the teacher is very important. Reinforcing what a teacher goes over in class helps the teacher and my child tremendously. If there is something I think can help the teacher understand my child better I share that with her, and vice versa.

As for volunteering at school, I do so as often as I can. I work full time so I'm not able to as much as stay at home parents.
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:35 PM
 
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As a teacher I welcome parental involvement. I would love to see parents observing what I do every day of the week.

Parental involvement works best if it is from day 1 and not the last week of the marking period, We use an online grading program, ENGRADE. Parents and students have 24x7 access to the student's grade. We also use it for communications.

Last year I had over 1,000 separate messages threads from and to parents and students.

Unfortunately, though we put our use of Engrade in writing and have parents sign the form, 15 - 20% never sign up and get an account. Lack of computer at home is NEVER the reason.

We also have a WIKI with our homework calendar. It is tedious when we get the "Delbert never has homework and I don't know how to check."

If you want to be involved that is great, but be involved for the long haul and to improve your child's education, not to "rescue" your child when you hear his or her side of a story and you come in to kick my butt.

Remember, you have one child to worry about, the teacher has 80 - 120. If you suspect something is not right, step up and initiate contact. In my case, it is a lot easier to respond to a parent than to always remember to bring something to the parent's attention.

Thanks for your interest in your child's education. IMHO Parental interest is 75% of the deal!

Where do you teach? Teachers like you can be very rare.
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