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What is a Home-School Relationship?
A home school relationship is the interaction of teachers and parents working together to support their students academic learning experiences.
A home school relationship is much more than just sending home report cards and adding comments to the report card or progress report. Home school relationships require a lot of work and time on both parties. But when the educators takes the first steps to initiate that relationship, it opens a line of communication.
An article by, the Virginia Department of Education(2002), made excellent points about the characteristics of home school relationships:
The family-school partnership approach is characterized by a belief in shared responsibility for educating and socializing children and youth. The approach emphasizes collaborative problem solving and shared decision making strategies to provide students with consistent, congruent messages about their schoolwork and behavior. Although families and educators each have legitimate roles in the partnership, they are not rigid or predetermined. Rather, the emphasis is on relationship building and fi nding ways for families and educators to work together to promote the educational experiences and school successes of students. Parents are valued for their contributions, whether they are performed in the school or in the home (p.7).
How often should I interact with my students parents?
There is no exact formula for how much you should interact with your students families. But it should be more than only sending home report cards, mandatory parent teacher conferences and calling them only for negative behavior. It is important to create an open line of communication for anything that happens in the classroom. Even letting parents know about positive actions you have seen their student do.
Please watch the video below from YouTube to get an introduction to fostering a home school relationship.
What are the benefits of a home school relationship?
According to the New Hampshire Department of Education there are many benefits that come when teachers and parents or caregivers work together collaboratively. These include and are not limited too,
- Adapt well to school
- Attend school more regularly
- Complete homework more consistently
- Earn higher grades and test scores
- Graduate and go on to college
- Have better social skills
- Show improved behavior
- Have better relationships with their parents
- Have higher self-esteem
- Improves school-related behaviors
- Positively impacts academic achievement
- Reduces school suspension rates
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