Parent involvement is important for students and classrooms no matter the age. The types of involvement should depend on the age of the student but is important nonetheless. Research shows students who have more involved parents have better attendance rates, better grades, and more achievement, just to name a few things. If you want to give parents some ideas, or take these and make them your own for your classroom, here's a list of 16 things parents can do to be involved:
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Parents don't necessarily need to be physically present, but parent engagement is REALLY important, especially for struggling students. I just read a couple of articles on this. I will try to find them and send you the links.
Of course, I can't find the articles right now. Sorry. At any rate, here is a link to many Teaching Channel resources for new teachers. https://www.teachingchannel.org/blog/2014/06/25/new-teachers/
Here is an old one https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/what-research-says-about-parent-involvement
The bottom line is if you want the parents on your side, you would at least include parents in the loop thru your communication. The level to which you want that considered is called involvement. I found the importance of parental inbolvement through the parents' guild at my school. They came in real handy when I was spreading myself thin. They're there to chauffeur some students in some school function. They are important and more.
Teaching at the middle and high school level, we rarely have parents in the classroom, although I invite them to come in at any time. One way I keep my parents in the loop is using Remind, the texting/email service that allows me to inform an entire class of deadlines, events, etc with one bulk message. Parents love being able to receive the messages so they can check up on their students. Internet-based gradebooks help but they primarily only show grades once they have been recorded. Remind lets them know about assignments while they are still in the working phase.
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