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Running head: REFLECTION ON LEARNINGReflection on LearningKathleen ReimerAmerican College of EducationDr. Catherine Beck1
REFLECTION ON LEARNINGReflection on LearningThe success of the school is dependent on many factors, but some of the most important factors are the support of community stakeholders, especially parents. Hanover research found that" family and community engagement improves school readiness, academic achievement, and graduation rates" (p. 2). Additionally, they determined that "the school climate, logistics of parent involvement, the quality of communication between parents and schools, and parent perceptions of the roles they play in their child's education" are the four key factors that encourage engagement and improve students’ outcomes. The school needs the support of parentsto support the academic achievement of all students better. Schools need to work to meet the needs of all parents and find ways to involve them.Teacher PerspectiveLearning occurs in the home just as much as it does at school. A few things that I would like for students to learn at home to better prepare them for academic success is respect for others, kindness, and empathy towards others, and self-motivation. If students can respect the teacher and other students, many of the behavior issues that interfere with the school would be eliminated. Kindness and empathy for others will promote cooperation between students. Finally, when students are motivated to do well, they are more engaged in lessons and achieve greater success. There are several ways to work with parents to increase student learning. One way is to offer opportunities to meet the teacher. A meet and greet before the school year begins, and Open House are ways that students and parents can get to know the school and teachers. Establishing a positive relationship from the beginning is essential for the success of the students. Teachers and parents must work together as partners to support students. Another way 2
REFLECTION ON LEARNINGto work with parents is to communicate with parents regularly. Crea, Reynolds, and Degnan (2015) found, “Multiple studies demonstrate that the content and quality of communication between parents and school staff is a stronger predictor of increased parental engagement than is the amount of contact” (p. 226). Emailing, sending regular newsletters, and maintaining a website with class information will help keep parents informed about the class and school events.Offering opportunities for parents to volunteer in the class is another way to foster student learning. Often, parents that have the time to come help in the class have skills and talents whichhelp enhance the learning of students. Parents that work can come to special events or field trips.

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