Family Engagement is just as important in Middle School
When your child was younger, you may have volunteered in class, hovered during homework time each night and forged close ties with the school. But now that your child is getting older, your approach to school engagement should evolve, too.
Middle schoolers benefit from families being involved in their schooling. But, during these years, some things parent do at home are twice effective at supporting their children's schooling as, say, chaperoning a class trip or volunteering in the classroom. Here are three activities that are especially effective:
1. Communicate expectations.
When students know their families believe in them and expect them to work hard, they become more motivated.
2. Expand on what's being taught.
Talk about what your child is learning. Then, look for related activities. For example, could your child apply math knowledge to find the most economical route to a destination? This demonstrates the importance and relevance of education.
3. Talk about the future.
Does your child want to be an architect, a mechanic or a fashion designer? Help your middle schooler investigate the education and training necessary to prepare for careers of interest. Remind your child that, while plans may change, a solid education is the ticket to achieving any goal.
"In support of strengthening student academic achievement," parent involvement is key!
Family Engagement involves the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring:
- Parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning.
- Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education.
- Parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child.
- The carrying out of other activities, such as those described in Section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
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