A middle school ELA teacher investigates successful opportunities she has offered, or will offer, to her students’ families in an effort to help parents participate in the learning activities of their children. Ms. McMullen moves beyond her classroom duties and contributes to her school’s CCSS initiatives, projects, and etc. by creating a Common Core PPP (featured next week! — So come back!)
The opportunities I have offered to my families begin within the first weeks of school, such as at Back to School Night. When I initially meet parents, I give a presentation that introduces parents and families to the new curriculum that our district implemented and discuss some of the expectations of the Common Core Standards and the ELA classroom. After creating this PowerPoint, I feel I will definitely be using it at Back to School Night next year because it gives a better overall understanding, as well as specific strategies for parents and families about the expectations are of students, teachers, parents, and communities in relation to CCSS than what I’ve used in the past. I also have a class website, Google Classroom, and communicate with parents through email and phone to keep them in the loop of what we are learning. I definitely feel that I can improve on helping parents see themselves as true partners in education and increase their participation in their children’s learning and becoming of common core ready learners. Some ideas include having students conduct interviews of family members that relate to research or writing we are doing in class; have students have conversations or complete a career investigation project about the reading, writing, listening, and speaking their parents do in their jobs; and, have students and parents keep a 24-hour home reading and writing journal (like the assignment we had to complete earlier in the course).