Saturday, August 8, 2015

EDUCATION | Partnering with parents or guardians

BICOL STANDARD file photo

by Jane Alanis Tabarangao
San Nicolas Elem. School
San Nicolas, Iriga City

Teachers, especially those of elementary pupils, should never discount the aid that parents or guardians can provide for the pupil to develop to his or her full potential. Parents and guardians can be the teacher’s allies in nurturing the pupils’ intellectual, emotional, and social development.

Unfortunately, over the past few years, teachers noticed that parents and guardians are becoming less involved. Some factors may be because parents and guardians are working and have less time for their children or wards. There have also been unfortunate stories of schools treating parents as intruders rather than partners. Economic and cultural divisions, as well, do not help break down the walls.

However, because the interest of the child should be at the center, these issues should be set aside. Teachers and parents or guardians must once again rebuild a close working relationship.

In this endeavor, communication is key. This is why the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meetings are so important. They allow the two to converse about the child’s strengths and weaknesses in class. In such meeting, they can also discuss whether the child is experiencing troubles at home or outside the classroom. Teachers can compose notes beforehand to organize what they want to say. On the other hand, the parents or guardian may take notes so they can monitor the development of the child.

Outside of the PTA meetings, the teacher and parents or guardian should also make time to communicate. It should not feel a burden to both parties to have to talk about the pupil; it is only by keeping communication lines open that they can work together for the best interest of the child.

The school community can also help to bring these two groups together. They can help organize activities which involve the pupil, the teacher, and the parents or guardian, thereby allowing them to interact in a friendly and healthy environment.

Ultimately, involvement and action from the part of the teacher and the parents or guardian will benefit not only the child, but also the community. Thus, this critical responsibility must never be ignored or taken lightly, if we truly desire progress for our society.

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