WAYS PARENTS MAKE COMMON AREAS AT
SCHOOL A PLACE OF LEARNING
by Barb Vasiloff
Teachers are always grateful when parents support the
expectations they have established in the school. Common areas afford a
wonderful opportunity for parents to model self-discipline skills. Here are
a few actions teachers appreciate parents doing.
Following Instructions: If there is a Īno gum' or
Īno pop' sign posted, leave drinks or dispose of gum before entering the
Communication: Use an appropriate voice tone when
confronting teachers. Ask if this is a good time to meet. Make an
Sharing Space: Monitor pre-school children and
insist that they hold your hand rather than run freely through the school
Figure Out How to Accomplish A Task: Allow your
child to take the natural consequence of his/her actions. Don't bring
forgotten items to the school but do coach students on where they might
put things so they are ready to go to school.
Figure Out How to Accomplish A Task: Monitor
student's clothing ö coats, sweaters, hats and ask them to search the lost
and found if something is not returned to the home. Teach students to be
responsible for their belongings.
Understanding Rules: Follow the school procedures
for pick up and drop off of students.
Understanding Rules: Don't make exceptions or think
it is alright for your child to break ranks and meet with you if they are
in large group activities. Always check in with the office before meeting
with your child.
Social Skills: Use greeting and leaving skills.
Address teachers using Mr., Mrs., Ms. when children are present.
Organization: When you volunteer for a school
activity ask for a pre-teaching checklist outlining the expectations of a
volunteer. Follow the expectations and give feedback regarding student
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