ERIC Number: ED315695
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
How To Engage the Parents of Your Students at Risk.
Educators of students at risk need to engage the students' parents in the educational process. Many parents do not know how important they are to their children's success in school. Parents should be encouraged to spend time with their children; read to their children; discipline their children; and expect their children to succeed. Educators can engage parents by suggesting that parents provide structure; offering writing activities for the home; recommending that parents reward positive conduct; suggesting specific ideas for goals for the children; and preparing parents for the parent/teacher conference. Parents can help to build their children's confidence by learning about their children's strengths; complimenting their positive behavior; being patient; never ridiculing their children; and making them feel important to the family. Children can be taught good discipline by being given responsibilities in the home; being given encouragement; and by being allowed to participate in decisions. Parents can give their children good values by explaining right and wrong; making clear rules; not permitting children to "hang out" with children who may be a bad influence; and by setting a good example. Learning can be encouraged at home through making sure schoolwork comes before television; complimenting children when they do well on their schoolwork; visiting places such as museums with the children; offering assistance with schoolwork; and talking to children about the importance of education. (ABL)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Winnerscorp, Kankakee, IL.