Support Me!

Parent support.  I think it is the single biggest factor in a child’s education and many studies have proved that.  For me, getting to know parents and having them involved with their child’s education has proved to be extremely helpful.  I’ve used parent support to help my classroom management as well as increase student performance in my classes.  The important part though is doing this from the beginning, not just when report cards are coming out.  At that point its too late.

So my strategy is to kind of divide and conquer.  It can be a daunting task to call all the parents that you need to.  Therefore, I break it down, period by period, and then identify the students that need calling and prioritize them from there.  Some have issues with grades, others with attendance, and some with class behavior.  Once I prioritize, then I start making phone calls, a few at a time.

I know it can be hard to take the time to make calls in your ever hectic teaching day, but its essential to your students success, your classroom environment, and sometimes even your sanity.  Talking to a parent about students is the best way to understand them on another level.  Use these assets wisely that us teacher have at our disposal.  Parental support!  As someone once put it to me, parental support, or lack thereof is our Kryptonite.

About Pat

Pat Riley is student teaching at Amundsen High School in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood for the fall of 2010. He will be teaching Contemporary American History, starting just before the Civil War, as he works towards his Type 9 certificate with an endorsement in History and hopefully Business. Previously, he worked in public relations and business development for a law firm in Chicago, but decided his passion was education. Prior to working in public relations and business development, Mr. Riley received a B.S. in Kinesiology with a focus in Sports Marketing from Indiana University. Follow his blog at Musings on Apples and Education.
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