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Cultivating Home and School Partnerships
Transcript of Cultivating Home and School Partnerships
Parents: What do their parents tell them?
The child's parents may not speak English
Kids will not receive practice at home
May be discouraged to speak English
May be hard for the teacher to communicate on how the child is performing in school
The child will not receive proper assistance to succeed
Parental Involvement: What does their home life tell them?
Parents may communicate that they do not value education
The child won't try in school
Parents may work late night jobs and child may have to take care of siblings
The Child may even work their own job to help support family
School becomes secondary to a job
Child may be too tired to stay awake or even make it to class
Community Involvement: What does their community tell them?
Community may communicate that English does not fit into their culture
The child may feel like an outcast for even attempting English
Discourages use of English in community
The child may not have anyone to practice with
Made fun of
Supporting your family is the most important
Issues with Instruction
Teachers must stay away from trying to yell at the students to make them understand English
use gestures, hand signals, pictures, visual cues, etc.
Teachers are only thinking of the regular students
ELL's may understand the content, just not the indtruction
Teachers must find a way to reach EVERY student
Teachers must communicate and demonstrate to the students what it looks like to be a learner in the classroom
Issues with Environment
Classrooms are NOT ELL FRIENDLY--
HOW TO CHANGE THAT...
Use your wall space as a learning tool
Teachers are not using graphic organizers such as Venn diagrams, Flow charts, and Tcharts to aid in learning
Read allowed to students and partner up
This will help them to comprehend and discuss the content while working on their English as well
Play 'Simon Says' in order to act out vocabulary (rotate, sit, stand, jump, etc.)
Popsicle sticks to make sure all students are called on
How would home and school partnerships facilitate learning?
Families and Schools would work together
School would communicate with family and they would partner together in child's learning
The School would tell the family what the student needs to work on and the family would make sure the student works on it at home as well as school.
Encourage families to stay in frequent contact with school and on top of their child's homework
Teachers can use correlating Spanish words to encourage the student.
They will understand when something is important or exciting with little phrases
This will help ease them into English
Cultivating Home and School Partnerships
What could be done to cultivate home and school partnerships?
COLOMBO, M. W. (2006). Building School Partnerships With Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families. Phi Delta Kappan, 88(4), 314-318.
"ELL Parent Involvement."
"Encouraging Spanish-Speaking Families' Involvement Through Dichos," by Sanchez, Plata, Grosso, and Leird, from the Journal of Latinos & Education (2010).
Create a learning environment outside of school that involves the families
Different locations (school library, cafeteria, or multi-purpose room)
Classes in the evening outside of school hours so families can attend and learn together with their student
Learning can be taken outside of school
Families will take this new learning into their home and be able to apply it to everyday life
English may not seem so scary to the families
Relationship between the families and the school is the missing link. This way parents and schools will work together on a child's education
Parents will know the school cares
If teachers do their part identify issues, make the classrooms more ELL friendly, and foster relationships with the families, the any child is sure to have success in and out of the classroom.