No one will dispute the fact that education in an academic institution is a compound product. That is, a well- rounded education cannot be delivered without the combined effort of teachers, management, parents and students. Everyone has to play his own due part in making education really rewarding and productive. Having acknowledged this fact, it can rightly be said that the teachers are expected to shoulder a greater responsibility in fostering learning environment in order to transform the students into high achievers. Parents repose their full trust and confidence on the teachers and do hope that they will deliver their best and live up to their expectations. They avail the opportunity to meet the concerned teachers on parents-teachers day and seek details about the child’s academic progress, his strengths and weaknesses, among other issues. So the parents-teachers day is of special significance, particularly when both have the child’s interest at heart.
The following points are suggested to make the parents-teachers session worthwhile:
Since the parents get the scope to meet every subject teacher on the parents-teachers day on an individual basis, they should make it convenient to attend the session and explore all possible areas of their child’s academic progress (or lack of academic progress). Parents, who are unable to make it, miss the valuable opportunity to make their child more serious, committed to study and also make their child accountable to themselves.
In fact, concerned teachers also look forward to meet the parents on this particular day with valuable information at hand on the child’s academic progress. He prepares an overall profile of each student based on his score and other important attributes of academic excellence. This certainly provides the teacher a better basis for discussion during parents-teachers day.
Parents should be very free and frank while sorting out the weaknesses and shortcomings of their child with the teachers. They should gather information not only on the child’s academic progress but also on other important indicators like attendance, class participation, attitude towards learning, behaviour in and off the class, dealing with the teachers and fellow students, extra-curricular activities etc. After all, today’s children are tomorrow’s nation builders.They are expected to achieve not only a greater height in academic performance but also to develop a decent personality.
As far as the teachers are concerned the following aspects may be taken into consideration while interacting with the parents:
A teacher should hold constructive attitude even when he detects negative and unacceptable developments in a student
A teacher should be objective and analytical in his approach which will give the impression that he is more professional and not personal in his criticisms.
A teacher should give the impression that he is working with the child and helping him to improve his academic performance.
Last but not the least, a teacher should carefully and patiently listen to specific points the parents try to make. He should be a patient listener.
While the parents extend total co-operation to the teachers in realising full potential of their child, the teachers should also build up a partnership with the parents. This is necessary because of the fact that the child’s progress is not only a priority but it is also a matter of common interest to both of them. The teacher should always sound optimistic rather than pessimistic and give a ray of hope to the parents and students.
The writer teaches Economics & Business studies at Sunbeams School. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org