Helping students succeed is instrumental in preparing them for adulthood. While it is natural to think of helping just your child, often the better answer is to think globally. Consider these four unexpected ways to help struggling students succeed.
Get Involved in the District
It is easy to sit back and criticize the school board for letting down your student, but criticism does little to resolve the problem. Become active in the school by joining the school board or the local Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Both options will allow you to learn more about the problems educators and students face, as well as become active in creating solutions that will help all of the students in the district.
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Start a School Supply Drive
One deterrent to learning that almost every school faces is a lack of school supplies. School supply drives can help every student succeed. A school supplies drive may seem a bit overwhelming, but it can be achieved in several different ways. With a few tips and some planning, you can create an impactful event to benefit the youth of your local community.
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Volunteer as Class Parent
See for yourself what goes on in the classroom by volunteering as a class parent. Nothing aids in brainstorming solutions for struggling students better than first-hand knowledge of the interaction between teachers and students. A class parent is responsible for helping the teacher stay organized, setting up class parties, and communicating school events with other parents. Your work as a class parent can help take a load off administrative duties for the teacher, which will allow her to focus on helping struggling students understand the curriculum.
Host Study Groups
Students learn a lot from each other. If you see your child struggling to maintain his grades, consider hosting a weekly study group at your home, at the school, or in a local library. This will give children a place to study while providing their parents assurance that their children are in a safe, supervised environment. If you are proficient in the study topic, make yourself available as a tutor, help create study aids, or lead pop quizzes or learning games.
Helping students with their academic success is but one step along the journey to developing a self-sufficient adult. Teaching them these skills young will greatly help them as they get older and get into higher education. While you can focus your efforts on just helping just your children, working toward resolving big-picture struggles can help your entire district. Select the activities that work best for you and watch as your children reap the benefits.