Community In My Classroom
Getting the community involved?
Tough question. Seriously.
I teach in a community where many parents work shift work. Many parents themselves had a difficult experience with school so they are not always the most supportive of attending. I also teach the older students and somewhere between cute little primary and teenager intermediate the feeling of "needing" to be involved at the school is lost. I have been working hard to try and break down these barriers.
One way I have tried is a info night for my grade. At the time I was teaching grade six and in Ontario we have the EQAO ( a standardized test ). I hosted an info night for parents to come and learn about this test, how to help at home and how it is different from when we were in school.
It was not school wide and only my grade came. My room was packed and it was a success. It was such a success that the parent council asked the school to do an info night the following year with other topics and other teachers.
Now as a school we do an info night. Each teacher picks a topic they would like to present on. The sessions are advertised and parents sign up to which little 15minute session they would like. The community loved it. We have had topics such as:
Ten ways to exercise with your family
Transitioning into HIGH school and how you can help
We still had difficulty getting the intermediate families involved. We provided a reward. If you attend the information night your child had a chance to win the end of the year class trip. Winners were announced at the end of the night. Attendance went up!
I am still thinking about ways to get our local community involved.
What are ways that you have gotten your local community involved?