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Fostering a Home-School Relationship Introduction Page
Hello! My name is Shelby Ingrassia. This is my fourth semester in the CDIT Master's Program. I currently a second year teacher. I teach first grade at a local school district in my area (Orange County, NY). I am a fan of the constructivist approach and I try to implement in my classroom as much as I can. I love teaching first grade because I truly get to watch my students grow from dependent students to students that try to challenge themselves and work independently. I find at this age it is crucial for parents and teachers to work together to help their student grow.
Somethings I love to do in my free time:
- Try new foods
- Read (Harry Potter is my favorite)
My topic is focused for educators, not school aged students. I find it important at all grade levels for parents and teachers to create an open line of communication and both be actively involved in their students learning. When teachers and parents work together, it creates consistency and balance in a child's life. It should begin at a young age so it will impact the student long term. Too often parents and teachers wait until the middle of the school year to work together and intervene to help a child. This connection between parent and teacher should be established right away to support a child during an entire school year. This mini-course will introduce and expand ideas of how teachers can foster a home-school connection.
Intent: A child can truly grow and develop from constants in their life. The two most important constants in a child's life is home and school. When teachers and parents work together, they are keeping the child in focus and allowing for optimal growth. "At the other end of the spectrum is the image of the school functioning as an extended family, a more open system. Family and school intersect around the life of the child" (Keyes,2000, p.179). My hypothesis focuses on how teachers can foster a home-school relationship. Many teachers feel, where do I begin? The intent of this course will hone in on skills and resources that will strengthen that home school relationship.
Gather Information: Colleagues in my building (elementary school), took this SurveyMonkey to allow me to focus on what my learners need. The surveymonkey consisted of 5 questions. These questions will help me better understand their teaching experience, access to technologies, and how well they feel they communicate with parents now.
Summary:' You can find my findings on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-6Y8BLVFJ7/
As you can see I have a vast group of colleagues take this survey. The majority of my survey takers had less than 5 years of teaching experience, and the other half had more than 15. I thought this was great because I can truly leave an imprint on the young teachers that they can carry with them the rest of their career, and the veterned teachers I can introduce new ideas too. 40% of the group shared they try to reach out to parents but they never really know where to begin. 81% uses phone call or email rather than a class application. This course will expand upon classroom applications that will be beneficial.
Reference: References Keyes, C. R. (2002). A Way of Thinking about Parent/Teacher Partnerships for Teachers. International Journal of Early Years Education, 10(3), 177. https://doi.org/10.1080/0966976022000044726
Analysis of the Learner and Context
Overall, it seems my learners are not veterened teachers. This makes a great opportunity for me to imprint the importance of home school relationships. I took the analysis of my learners from colleagues at school. I teach at an elementary school so 85% of my learners teach at the elementary grade level. I also had other from the secondary level take my quiz and that takes up about 15%.
Learners will be able too:
- recognize the importance of home-school relationships for promoting students academic and social/emotional growth in the classroom.
- construct an online platform using one of the suggested applications to bridge a home-school relationship.
- identify the what types of activities there are to create a home school relationship.
1. The learner will define a home- school relationship.
2. The learner will identify the purpose of fostering a home school relationship.
3. The learner will be engaged in wanting to learn more about how to create a home school relationship.
1. The learner will identify resources to use on fostering a home school relationship.
2. The learner will analyze the needs of their students and their families to begin building the bridge.
3. The learner will actively create a home-school relationship using technology.
4. The learner will reflect on their experiences of fostering a home school relationship.
To see my Curriculum Map, click the link below.
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