Both the parent and teacher provide a vital support system to help students achieve their personal best academically, spiritually, culturally, and pastorally.
We all want our young people to flourish in their 13-odd years of school education. This is why a positive, open, and effective relationship between a parent and teacher is vital. When both groups talk to each other and work together well, they can have a big impact on the success of every young person. Professor John Hattie of the University of Melbourne conducted a 15-year statistical analysis of the impact of parental influence on student achievement. The outcome was clear: greater success in school – higher grades, better attendance, positive attitudes and behaviour. But how best to find that sweet spot where the partnership between school and home is open, dynamic, and positive? It comes down to two key pillars: communication, and collaboration.
Communication between a parent and teacher has never been easier. It can be a quick phone call, an email, or a SeeSaw message…there are many options. Communication between both parties plays a significant role in developing positive partnerships, and ultimately, the best outcomes for your child. As a parent, you have the ability to engage in powerful conversations about your child’s learning. If you are not sure about something, or you have concerns about your child, contact the teacher. And you know what, if you’re happy, let them know! Communication doesn’t just have to be about the challenges. This leads nicely to the next pillar:
The old adage says that it takes a village to raise a child, and educators are definitely part of that village. The most productive partnerships are those where both parties are working together collaboratively for optimal outcomes. If there are expectations at school that are not being supported at home (and vice versa) the partnership will cease to work. We all want success for our students. By working collaboratively, we can all come together to work positively and productively for the success of our young people.
Sarah Coleman is Associate Principal Learning and Teaching Secondary at MacKillop Catholic College, Mount Peter