With children spending close to 8 hours of their time in a day at school and probably a few more hours in extra-curricular activities, keeping a track on minute aspects becomes difficult. At an age where growth is rapid and the grasping capacity is huge, any kind of influence might affect the moulding of their personalities. Parents of wards in school therefore always have concerns that involve child’s learning on a day-to-day basis, behaviour in school, interaction with teachers and other children, participation in class, activities that are conducted and the ward’s participation in the same etc.
With working parents, at least in urban areas, often parent-teacher meetings become the only avenue through which any conversations happen with regard to the above-raised concerns. But when classrooms are filled with 40-50 kids, spending quality time to listen to all concerns and provide quality feedback and inputs between the parents and teachers becomes a challenging task.
So what are the ways in which parents ensure that they can play a significant role in the academic growth of their children? Here are a few tips provided by our teachers that would help develop a good connection between parents and teachers and parents and their wards in tracking your child’s growth.
- What they learned in school – One of the simplest ways to stay connected with your child’s progress is to learn about their daily activities. It could be a simple conversation once they return from school or over dinner about the happenings of the day. This shows that you are actively interested in what they are doing and encourages children to voluntarily share their experiences
- Keep in touch with the teacher – First and foremost, attend all the parent-teacher meetings without fail. A little bit of preparation in terms of keeping a tab on the child’s performance or discussing any concerns that might be occurring only at home would be helpful. It is important that the teacher has an overall picture of the child to help him/her adequately. Try to keep in touch with the teachers beyond the usual parent-teacher meetings by meeting during their free-time, after school hours, at sports or various events, on Saturdays etc. Sending notes to teachers can also be an alternative when you don’t find the time. If possible, SMS or email the teacher. Teachers are always more than happy to help.
- Relate their education to real life – While teaching your children at home, try to relate their lessons with real-life examples and practical applicability. For example, taking children outdoors to learn about nature, animal behaviour; industrial set-ups to learn about how things are made or how things work etc. Applicability helps in making a deeper connection.
- Education at home – another way of relating education to real –life is by engaging the children in activities like discussing the current affairs and contemporary issues in simpler terms, getting them to help in household chores etc.. A lot of physics, chemistry, biology, math and other subjects have applicability within the four walls of our residence
- Do not compare – It is important to understand that each one of us is different and endowed with abilities. Thus, Samsidh has also adopted the concept of Multiple Intelligences in its curriculum to adapt to each and every child’s learning style. It is therefore important for parents to also understand this and not compare your children with others over anything – academic-wise, sports-wise or in terms of hobbies. Comparison always creates unfair pressure on children and prevents them from giving their best
- Bat for both your child and the teacher – It is important to establish with children that only what is right would be supported, irrespective of who is involved. Blaming the teachers all the time or chiding the ward hampers the child’s growth and does not build adequate trust between any of the parties. It is also important to encourage children in taking responsibility for themselves in terms of homework, actively participating in class and other activities etc.
At Samsidh, we also ensure that we provide different avenues other than the regular periodic Parent-Teacher meeting for parents to interact with the teachers and management. These are interactive avenues through which parents are educated about the initiatives taken up by the school, platforms to provide feedback or ideas for improvement. Some of the unique platforms are:
- ACE, the School Management System helps acts as a communication channel for parents and teachers to track
- Open Forums where various discussions about current issues take place
- Seminars – that are conducted bi-annually at all the campuses
- Open House – that occurs at the end of the term
For more information on the effective practices followed at Samsidh, visit the website http://www.samsidhmlzs.com/ , call us on the Toll-free – 18002749998, if you have queries or feel free to visit any of our branches!