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Supportive Parents Essay

Essay on Parental Involvement in Education

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Parental involvement in education is a vital essential for creating a cooperative environment for the student to thrive and succeed in. When a student knows that he or she is receiving support both inside and outside the school, the chances of that child becoming responsible for and active in their education are more likely. I know that there can be difficulties including parents for many reasons. Such parents may be too busy, uninterested or just feel helpless. However, as an educator, I will still have an obligation to reach out to these parents and assist them.

     It is important to start the year off making parental involvement a top priority. Establishing clear and open lines with the parent early in the…show more content…

     Once there is a clear and open path for communication, it is important to make the communication meaningful. Often parents aren’t involved because they are not aware of ways that they can help. Keeping parents informed of upcoming tests, projects, homework assignments, and areas of study give them some knowledge about what is going on and also makes them feel like they are capable of helping and can be an asset to their child’s education. It may also be helpful to suggest ways that parents can aid their child in preparing and studying for tests. Helping parents feel useful creates an essential cooperative learning environment.

     It is also important to go beyond parental involvement in your classroom. It is also necessary to help foster a community that supports and is also active in the local schools. There are a variety of methods for accomplishing this goal: ask community leaders to lead projects in the school or come in to talk on career day, or sponsor an ice-cream night at the school and invite all the children, parents, and community members for a social gathering. As a teacher, I could also call the local newspaper to ensure that the student’s accomplishments, successes, and/or talents are recognized by the community.

     A student needs every means of support available to ensure that they succeed and prosper in the

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Adapted from The Zen of the SAT by Susan Fine

A few years ago, I read an interesting book called The Zen of the SAT, by Susan Fine. In this book, the author presents the five characteristics of supportive parents, an excellent set of guidelines for parents hoping to lessen their children’s stress throughout the SAT process and in turn lessen the stress parents place on themselves. Of course, these guidelines also apply to the ACT process!

1. They separate themselves from their child’s failures and accomplishments.

To parents, the whole college process can feel like a public evaluation of their performance as parents. If their child doesn’t do as well as they’d hoped or expected– which could mean anything from getting into a particular college to achieving a certain GPA or SAT score – they may feel that they have failed as parents. This insecurity can further complicate what is already a challenging process to the child. However, if parents can somehow accept that this is their child’s show, they will do a much better job of supporting their child.

When a child senses that his/her parents feel okay about things, it is easier for that child to take control of the college process.

2. They become informed about the test.

One sure way for parents to ease their own anxieties about the test is to become better informed about the SAT/ACT. Take a look online, and figure out not only the dates the tests are offered, but also what each section of the test is like.

3. They listen to their child.

When parents get caught up in their own anxieties, they stop hearing and understanding their child. Parents who truly listen provide an invaluable gift: they understand what is going on in their child’s academic life in a meaningful way – not just the grades, but the content their child is learning, too. When it comes time to prepare for the SAT, they understand what their child is up against because they hear what their child has to say about it. Instead of allowing their fears to get the best of them, they let their child demystify the test for them.

4. They are available when needed.

When called on, parents can play a key role in their child’s preparation. Parents can quiz kids on vocabulary or help raise their reading level by discussing op-ed articles with them. Parents can time their child on practice tests. The key phrase, however, is “when called on.” Parents who demand to play these roles miss an opportunity to be far more supportive. If parents let their child call the shots, the child will feel empowered and confident.

I want students to feel empowered, BUT YOU, the parent, need to deal with College Board/ACT.org – make sure all paperwork is in on time!

5. They genuinely believe in and trust their child’s abilities!

Enough said!