Our last blog post spoke about how crucial parental involvement can be in a child’s education, especially in their formative years. Educators also play a huge role in determining how a child will develop in school – setting the tone and pace for further development in their later years as students and learners. Here, we look at some ways parents and educators can work together to create a bond and thereby helping to make a safe space for the children in schools.
The student’s bond with their educator
Your child’s form teacher or tutor should be someone you can call by their first name. He or she is your first point of contact to find out what is going on with your child in school. Try and build rapport with them and let them know that you are truly interested in your child’s education.
Let them know that they are free to contact you as well and keep communication lines open. Parent-Educator meetings are one way to meet the educators in charge of your children, but making a dedicated appointment with them, might be another. If you get along with the educator, your child can see that, and this can allow them to feel more comfortable and safe in school.
From the educators’ perspective
For the Educators out there reading this blog, the respect needs to go both ways. The use of complicated jargon and not giving parents the time of day may put a huge strain on your relationship with both parent and child alike.
Treating all parents as equals for the sake of their children’s future is a good habit to develop. Put out the welcome mat and try to encourage active participation in learning. Developing a community of parents and guardians will also enforce the bonds through the class and even the school. You can also set goals for individual students along with their parents’ help.
Regular communication is always key, making sure that parents are well informed about the goings-on in school and their child’s progress. Establish boundaries with parents and let them know when you are available for a chat and when you are not.
The educators at STEMmates have been selected due to their ability to communicate well with both adults and children alike.
We make sure that parents are kept up to date about their child’s progress after every session with us. We believe in building our STEMmates community and this can only be done through cooperation between everyone involved. For more information about getting involved with STEMmates or for specific queries relating to our programs, please contact us via email, our website and/or follow us on Social Media.