- #UKEdChat session 520.
- Giving clear support guidance can have a real impact on learning
- Keeping support optional allows flexibility
- Giving direction to parental support can build the teacher-parent relationship
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#UKEdChat session 520 – During the Covid pandemic, the role of the parent to assist remote learning has taken on greater importance, and in some ways have been asked to take on the role of teaching assistant. But such a role needs direction.
As a parent, I want to help my children to the best of my ability, yet many parents who do not work in education (and many who do) need support to know how to best help their children. In the busy world of education, it is natural to focus on the child, but supporting parents to also help their children means both a shared experience of pulling together and in the same direction, but also teachers tapping a resource which can see real results in the classroom.
This can be as simple as sharing what is happening in class and allowing parents to extend the learning they see. Some teachers may want to use a more direct approach and offer suggestions for optional activities and support for home. This doesn’t need to be the reserve of the tots. Even secondary school pupils can benefit from direct parental support, such as asking the student to teach the parent something. While this is ‘moody teenager dependent’ (and moodiness of other parties too!), giving optional support can build relationships and improve learning.
We have been careful to use the word ‘optional’ throughout, because even the most dedicated parents can be turned off by mandatory tasks, and flexibility allows adaptation and personalisation.
In this #UKEdChat discussion on Thursday 10th September 2020 at 8pm (UK) we offer a forum were teachers offer support to parents and tell them what they wish parents knew and could do, including how to support learners in their particular subject, and what they can do at home.
- Is it the responsibility of schools to foster parental support for learning?
- What are your most basic expectations of learning support from parents in your phase or subject?
- What broad support should schools give to parents to support learning?
- How would you like to develop your assistance of parental support?
- What are some of the lesser thought of methods in which parents support learning?
- How can technology play a role in parental support for learning?
- What successes have you seen in regards to parental support for learning?
- What tips and advice would you give to parents wanting to support learning more?