Strategy #2: To foster ongoing two-way communication…offer parent education workshops
Ellen was working hard with grade-level colleagues and her mentor to understand
the school’s hands-on science curriculum and offer well-organized
science tasks. Just as she felt like she was making progress in
helping her 3rd graders understand the daily routines for science, she
received a voice mail message from a parent expressing concern about her
science teaching. Before she called the parent back, she decided to call
her mentor: “Hi Mark, have I got an issue for us to explore! Can
you believe that even after I held the Science Curriculum Orientation
last month, I got a phone call from Jimmy’s dad asking why Jimmy
is ‘playing’ in science and ‘not learning important
information’? What am I supposed to do now?”
- What are possible reasons Jimmy’s father is concerned, even after attending Ellen’s Science Curriculum Orientation?
- What are possible next steps in helping parents understand the curriculum?
- How should Ellen respond to the phone call?
Parents may need in-depth information to understand approaches to teaching and learning they have not experienced themselves. The Parent education workshop tool can help Ellen and Mark explore how Ellen can get started.