With families being essential to students’ academic success, here are a handful of ideas to turn education into a collaboration.
Children learn a lot of important information and skills at school, but it’s their families who are their first and most important teachers. Their families support them as they work to succeed academically, and their families teach them to persevere in the face of challenges. Sometimes their caregivers can help teachers understand what students are going through: When I was a classroom teacher, I had a student who never talked in class. Through her family, I eventually learned that her sister had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which was certainly affecting her ability to be fully present in school.