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“Helping Your Child Learn”

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Parent tips from the Utah Education Association

Parent-Teacher Partnerships – Be Involved During the School Year
By Dessie R. Olson, M.Ed., National Board Certified Teacher, social studies teacher at East High School, Salt Lake City

Research shows one of the best ways to help your child succeed in school is to be involved in their education. Being involved may take many different forms, but the efforts should always lead you to becoming more aware of your child’s school experience. How can you become more aware during the school year? Here are some suggestions:

  • Talk to your child about what they are learning in school. Ask them what they learned from a particular assignment or activity in class. Help them make connections between the “real world” and what they are learning in school. For example, is there a news story or community event that is relevant to what they are studying?
  • Attend parent-teacher conferences. If you are unable to attend the scheduled parent-teacher conference, be sure to contact the teacher to make other arrangements. It is important for you to be aware of what is happening in your child’s classroom(s). During parent-teacher conference be sure to ask questions such as:
    • What are your child’s strengths? What do they struggle with? How is their behavior and social interaction?
    • What can your child expect to be doing and learning in the remainder of the class?
    • How you can support your child’s success in the class?
  • Volunteer
    • In the classroom
    • In the PTA
    • In the School Community Council