8 things teachers want from parents
October 7, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Communication between teachers and parents is key when it comes to educating our children, as we cannot expect them to be the only ones that hold that responsibility. A study, published by the NEA (National Education Association) proved that when parents are involved in their children´s day-to-day activities at school, their grades, behaviour and emotional well being improves. Remember that education begins at home. We have nailed down the 8 basic things that teachers want from parents.

Reading with our children

“The most important activity we can do, to lay the groundwork for basic learning, is to read to our children out loud”, stated the Reading Commission of the US Department of Education in 1985.  Since learning goes hand in hand with reading, it´s necessary to instil that healthy habit in our children. Take a book, any book and read together at least three times a week. This will help their writing as well as develop their critical mind.

Get to Know their Teacher

Knowing who is educating your child at school is the first step to getting involved. Independently of what grades your children get, set up a meeting with their teacher. That way, you´ll know first hand, what your children´s behaviour is like in class, how he or she is progressing and you can then establish a plan, together with the teacher, to help your children improve in those areas in which he or she fall behind or need a little more help.

Friends outside of school

Learning to work as a team is one of the greatest challenges at school. Teaching your children to empathize, respect others and cultivate their generosity can be accomplished by meeting those who they spend time with on a daily basis. In other words: meeting their classmates. Make sure your children spend time with them outside of school either at home or engaged in extra curricular activities.

Getting Involved at School

Go the PTA meetings. If work doesn´t allow you to attend at the scheduled time, ask if you can change the meeting or if there is someway you can receive the information discussed. Your opinion is important and when parents get involved, it´s easier to change things at school.


Participate in school events

Try not to miss out on the activities organized by the school. Even though your son or daughter don´t participate in them, why not go anyway? If your children see how active you are in their school life, they´ll greatly appreciate it and you´ll help to create better memories.

Boost their learning at home

Learning isn´t just taking a book and studying. There are many other things you can do with your children. At home, for example, you can bake a cake and show them basic math skills by measuring ingredients. You can also organize spelling bee once a week, visit museums or watch a movie at home. The key is to make them realise that learning can be fun. It´s not just a matter of going to class, listening to the teacher and memorizing a book.

Valuing Education

Learning is a lifelong adventure and it doesn´t stop when you finish school. Explain to your children what you´ve learned each day and how you did it. That way, they´ll realise that adults keep learning by reading books, taking classes, watching documentaries, etc.

Being Responsible at Home

If your children are messy at home, they´ll be messy at school so start by giving them chores that will make them become more responsible. Discipline and paying attention in class should be learned at home as well. Sit down and help them with their homework. Pretend you are the teacher and explain everything to them slowly, step-by-step with precise instructions. “Our attitude as parents should be firm and eye contact is key to grab their attention,” says Lisa Holewa, co-author of What Kindergarten Teachers Know. That way, your children will learn how to obey.

Do you believe parents should become more involved at school? 

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