The Art and Science of How People Learn - Revised Edition
Edited By Greg S. Goodman
28. Teacher and Family Relationships
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Teacher and Family Relationships
Unless you have already experienced parenthood, it may be difficult for you to appreciate fully the enormity of the emotions and roles that parents experience and that affect their ability to function as parents. Even if you are a parent, the diverse cultures, communities and circumstances that influence families in modern America make individual lives unique; one parenting experience and one family will be quite unlike another. (Gestwicki, 2007, pg. 1)
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
Children come with families. When they arrive at our classroom doors, children are already in the process of developing the deepest and most influential relationships of their formative years. Earliest emotional memories will affect them forever, and are being learned and developed with and by the most significant adults in their lives: family members. In order to understand children, the ways they communicate, interact, behave and learn we will need to get to know their families. Knowing the family helps us to understand the child better. Parents have primary responsibility for their children. Teachers and families are partners in helping children learn.
Teachers expect children to be alert and attentive the moment they set foot in the school building, and especially when they enter our classrooms. The reality is children were most likely affected by different family scenarios and situations even just one hour before arriving at school.
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