Posted on: 29 January 2016
Research has indicated that schools that have parents who are involved in the education of their children are more likely to be successful. If you would like to become more involved in your child's charter school, there are several things you can do.
Head To The Library
Offer to take your child and his charter school friends to the library. Not only will you expose them to more educational resources, but you will be subtlety sending a message to other parents that they can also get involved. Consider making an arrangement with another parent to alternate library duties by taking the kids every other week.
Meet Frequently With The Teacher
Take every opportunity available to talk with your child's teacher. Teachers usually set up periods where parents are able to meet with them. In addition to having your questions answered, you will also better cultivate a relationship with your child and his or her teacher. You will want to share information with your teacher about your child's interests, since these can be used to help your teacher reach him or her.
Keep An Open Mind
Keep in mind that there are new teaching methods that were not around when you were in school. If you are uncertain of why a teacher is taking a particular approach, ask your teacher to explain this to you. Then, if the teacher's policies make sense, consider having a conversation with other parents in your child's class regarding the course material. This is a great opportunity to make friends, help your children better socialize and get other parents on board with the curriculum. When parents provide support to the teachers, the teachers are more likely to succeed.
Volunteer your time. There might be activities the teacher would like to facilitate, but that need extra help. For instance, the teacher might want to arrange a field trip, but isn't certain of whether there will be enough volunteers to watch all of the children.
Be Prepared For Your Child To Be Criticized
If your child is disciplined, you should almost always side with the teacher. It is easy to feel personally slighted when a teacher criticizes your child, but criticism and occasionally poor grades are an important part of your child's education. If you are concerned that your child was unfairly treated, arrange to meet with your teacher while keeping in mind that there might be a perfectly sensible reason for your teacher's decision. Do not be combative, but simply try to understand the teacher's perspective.
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