Family Support as a Matter of Students’ Success
After completing the CTEYL course I felt the importance of writing the summative task about parents’ role in education, as I believe that it’s at least 50% of success for the young learner.
This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Iuliia S. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT.
The family as a cell acts only with love and respect and it dominates the understanding, affection, sacrifice, and childcare. (Emerllahu, Dali, 2001) So, in this way builds a family environment, in which we live, laugh, play, and develop children. (Claudia&Eberhard; Muhlan, 2008) Based on this I definitely can say that education starts at home, and parents are the first teachers that the child meets. That’s why there should always be a balance between education at home and school, or any other learning center. As children the process of learning is highly related to how they are treated at school and home. That’s why, I think, we could highlight the advantages and disadvantages that we can meet on away.
Academic Performance with Parents Help
To the benefits, I would add that when parents involve themselves in the education process of their children we usually see that they improve academic performance. Learners are more focused on their work that they have to complete at school. Those whose parents are involved never give up easily when they don’t understand something. Other benefits that we get include improved self-esteem, positive social behavior and they have low levels of absenteeism and optimistic attitudes. Also, teamwork with teacher-parents has a very positive effect on the development of young learners' levels.
But on the other hand, we, unfortunately, also can mention the negative effects that young learners can get. Here I would add that the relationship between learners and parents deteriorates because parents are always insisting that learners must always focus on their school work ( MC Neal, 2001:171). Parents can be extremely “pushy”, that can push away learners' interest from studying or affect self-confidence of their children. Sometimes some parents calling the teacher all the time, to check whether their children attending their classes, what makes learners feel untrusted, Or, for example, in Asian countries, the teacher has to report every step that kids make in educational process for some parents, and it affects teachers, their work and children which can’t relax and enjoy the process of learning or being scared to say wrong and start all over again.
So how can we help as a parent and how can we help our children in the education world?
Let’s look at some options that we cave and what we all definitely can do with our children and in that way, play an important role in their education life.
Practice with your kids; learn together; be supportive and trust your child; do homework together, and as parents, you will have an opportunity to be aware of the content of material the child is learning; show that ask for help is normal and everyone can make mistakes, and as a parent show how to fix the, and how to solve any problems that your child will face; spending time together will benefit both, and you can learn from each other; motivate and encourage your child; take part at parent-teacher activity, visit parents meeting, ask the teacher for advice or help, don’t be shy of doing exercises and put yourself at the child’s position. And the most important thing is to be an example for your child that can benefit, inspire, motivate your child for success.
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In conclusion, I would like to say that anyone who takes part in children’s education plays a very important role, but none of them is important as parents. As parents play the most important role in their life and their role in education equally important as in life.
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