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Tamala

There seems to be a lack in parent involvement in the classroom, it seems to get worse year after year. I provide daily opportunities for parents to volunteer, as well as monthly parent involvement activities for parents to attend & I get no interest from parents or even a response. For example, this months family involvement activity was "pizza & puzzles," the parents were invited to put together puzzles with their child & enjoy a light pizza snack. However, out of 40 enrolled students only 1 parent actually participated.
Is this happening every where (the lack of parent involvement)? Does anyone have any suggestions on ways to promote more parent involvement in the classroom?

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I think a lot of parents these days are extremely busy whether it be with their job, other children, or other priorities. Unfortunately, I think some parents do not value their child's education as important, but I do believe that most parents generally care about their child's school. I would continue to keep the lines of communication going with these parents and coming up with more family fun nights. You could speak with your principal about provided awards for students and families that participate in events at the school. At my charter school, we put together a fall carnival and we told the students that if their families came to participate then they would have a casual day at school. Hope this helps!
Katie

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I don't believe as teachers we have to understand that families are not traditional, and most cases both parents need to work. I think we need to think outside the box, parent involvement is not just coming into the classroom. Ask your parents to tell you what they would like to do. I do not believe that this is a sign of parents not caring about their child's education, actually I think it is the opposite. I reach out to my parents with little notes, send home projects that they can do at home for our classroom, and finally when parents donate items that too is parent involvement. At the beginnining of the year I ask parents what their talents, availability, and contributions can be. Just be more flexible and realize that because it may not be what you want them to participate in, they still can. Good Luck, these things work really well for me and I have excellent participation from parents, but it is not always the traditional sense. I also do podcasts for my students so that parents can log on and see some things they children did. Good luck again, and remember to think outside the box.

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Parent involvement is essential to student success. Being a parent of a 9th grader I speak from personal experience. I talk to my daughter's teachers, I check on her grades, I want to know what projects or homework assignments she has daily. The most effective parent involvement has to come from within the home. Education has to be important in the home.

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Katie your comment just gave me the idea of giving out some type of monthly recognition or award for parents that participate in any classroom activities. Thank You

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You are not alone when it comes to the lack of parent involvement in your classroom. As a school we have grade level family nights, we invite all the parents to come to school after hours, to play math and reading games that will help their child be more successful. Last year we had 80 first grade students, and out of those students 4 families showed up. At our school in most cases, you have to feed them, give them something for free in order for them to come and spend an hour with their child. I wonder why all the time, we are told to hype the night up, get the kids really wanting to come, and have them beg their parents to bring them. Today I told my students, that as of today only one of our friends will be winning a prize at family night, while I think I sparked some light bulbs, so hopefully more of my students families sign up to come.. I love the idea to give a monthly recognition award for parents that participate in school or classroom activities, I am going to share this idea with our school's climate commitee, they are always trying to find new ways to get our parents more involved with our school.

Brandy Grant

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I think it is a growing trend. Parent involvement in schools is decreasing across the board. However, many families are overextended. With both parents working, many grandparents raising grandchildren, and worries greater than school, as teachers we need to be more creative. I have volunteers that work from home. I send home bags of cutting, book binding,etc... and have parents send it back. Parents have the opportunity to be involved, without having to come to school. I thank the parent volunteers in my weekly newsletter. We also do family literacy nights with door prizes to entice them in. Another idea are workshops for children to boost literacy skills and parents help their child.

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I agree that parent involvement in their child's education has decreased even from when I was in school which was about ten years ago. I have Parent/Teacher conferences this coming week. Out of fifteen students in my class, I have one parent who wanted a conference(conferences are optional in my school). I also give very little homework during the week and sometimes, I either do not get it back the next day or I can tell the child does not get any help with the homework. I do send home parent news letter each week with all the homework, lessons, and activities that we will be working on that week. Our school does have a fall and spring festival where parents are welcomed to attend with their child and for this, there is great attendance.

Lauren, I am always amazed at

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Lauren,
I am always amazed at the number of families that come to "fun fair" as well, but won't come to something educational even when food is being offered such as Tamala's pizza and puzzles night.

Sandy, I know that food is

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Sandy,
I know that food is always used as a lure too! I hate to say that, but it is true!

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I think that many parents still view school as the "the factory design" for schools is still being implemented. Many students really do not like nor look forward to coming to school and as they grow the feeling that they have toward schools I feel is the same or possibly compounded. We as educators have to change this perception and make parents and students look at school in a new light. When this is achieved, I believe parents involvement will increase.

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