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5 Ways to Harness Family Engagement for Effective Classroom Management

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By SchoolStatus 4 min

Choosing a classroom strategy that works in your classroom can be challenging as a teacher. From token systems, treasure chests, paper dollars and points, figuring out where to start can be confusing. One of the often overlooked strategies for classroom management is Family engagement.

This blog will explore how Family engagement can be leveraged as a powerful tool for classroom management, creating the most authentic relationship between teachers, families, and students.

Involving Families and Students is Key to Successful Classroom Management

Actively involving students in the Family-teacher partnership is a newer concept that can make a difference in effective classroom management. While Family and teacher communication has not traditionally included students, but including students can bring classroom equity to new heights

Engaging students more collaboratively can empower them to advocate for their learning. A few ways to activate the Family-teacher-student relationship is to have students participate in the following:

Meet Families and Students Where They Are in and out of the Classroom

Establishing a strong home-classroom relationship doesn’t have to be rocket science. You can leverage collaborative relationships in your classroom by setting up a foundation of good communication through clear expectations, consistency, and seeking Familyal input.

Start With Improving Classroom Management with Consistency and Clear Expectations

The beginning of the school year is a perfect time to establish routines and processes in the classroom. Extending this into the lives of your students at home is even more powerful.

To do this, start the school year with a Welcome Announcement or Newsletter to families that includes:

  • A cheery welcome and a little bit of information about yourself
  • A copy of your classroom rules and procedures
  • Show what expectations of what good communication between families, students and yourself looks like in action 
  • Let families know when you’ll be communicating, how you’ll be communicating and the frequency of your communication. 
  • Let families know how excited you are to meet their kiddos and ask for information about what would help their child succeed.

It is important to outline how, when, and where families and students can expect to communicate with you. By setting up a good foundation of Family engagement, you will get families bought in and better able to support their kids at home.

Collaborating with Families on Classroom Behavior Reinforcement

With a strong communication and engagement foundation, you can start using Family engagement as a classroom engagement strategy. By collaborating with families by involving them in your classroom activities and providing resources to help them reinforce messaging, families can provide consistency and take more ownership of their child’s education at home.

Involving Families in Classroom Activities

Including families in classroom activities enhances the learning experience and strengthens the connection between home and school. 

Invite families to participate in special events, field trips, or guest speaker sessions. Encourage them to share their expertise and talents with the students, creating a sense of community and demonstrating that education is a joint effort. 

When families feel more connected to the school community, they are more likely to support your classroom management strategies.

Family Resources on Classroom Management

Family education is crucial to Family engagement. Sharing resources about behaviors you focus on and providing suggestions for reinforcing behaviors at home shows a unified front. It ensures students are getting consistent messages at school and home. 

Work with families to develop consistent behavior management strategies. For example, positive reinforcement is a powerful tool for shaping behavior and can be used in both the classroom and at home.

Equipping families with the necessary knowledge and skills empowers them to support classroom management. 

Conclusion

Family engagement is a powerful tool that can significantly enhance classroom management. By fostering strong home-school partnerships, setting clear expectations, collaborating on behavior reinforcement, involving families in classroom activities, and providing Family education resources, you can tap into the collective strengths of your and the classroom Family’s knowledge.

Together, we can cultivate a sense of shared responsibility and commitment, benefiting every child’s academic and personal growth.

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SchoolStatus is a unified K-12 platform that enables districts and schools to engage more families and improve attendance with our easy-to-use communications hub and data-driven attendance solutions. We support an integrated and impactful educational experience, from district leadership to families at home. With more than two hundred million successful school-home interactions, and millions of users, SchoolStatus drives meaningful results for districts and schools across the US.
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