The Phenomenal Student: Parental Involvement

It’s important that parents are there for their child.

The Phenomenal Student: Parental Involvement

When I first announced to friends and colleagues that Parental Involvement would be a part of my Phenomenal Student rubric, many asked: “What about helicopter parents?”

I understood why they asked the question. The four words no teacher wants to hear is “They’re a PTO parent.”

Personally, I’ve had a positive relationship with parents who are classified as PTO parents, but it doesn’t always go that well.

To accurately judge parental involvement, I broke it down into five criteria which consider if a parent is a positive or negative influence.

  • Returns Phone Calls/E-Mails: It seems simple, but every parent doesn’t respond to phone calls and e-mails. It can be frustrating and hurts the child when their parent isn’t in partnership with the teacher.
  • Responds/Attends Parent-Teacher Conferences: There are parents who will pick up the phone and respond to e-mails but won’t evvveeerrrr show up for a Parent-Teacher conference.
  • Attends Campus Events: Another layer in parental involvement is if they attend campus events. It seems small but it goes a long way. It separates the parents who care from the ones who want to keep up mess.
  • Volunteering: This part of the rating comes with a caveat: Not every parent can volunteer. But it’s still important factor in a student’s success—as it’s important that parents are a part of the school community, not just a person who drops them off in the morning.
  • Lunch: The final criteria considers the parents who come to school and eat lunch with their child. It’s valuable for children to know that their mother or father want to make time for them.

To end, the parents who are a positive influence contribute to their child’s success, not impede it.

The Phenomenal Student: Parental Involvement Rubric.

Jeremiah Short, Influencer/Teacher

Next: The Phenomenal Student(Reading Level)

Published by Jeremiah Short

My name is Jeremiah Short, and I'm a educator with six years of experience. I love to teach and the overall craft of the profession. I've written one book on my journey(As I Took My Walk With God Volume I: I Stopped Wasting God's Time) with a second one way (As I Took My Walk With God Volume II: Greatness Was Upon Them). In addition to writing books, I've created several instructional routines: Word Power, T.I.D.E., Bloom's Units: Reading and The Phenomenal Classroom.

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