Fathers’ Day is coming soon, and everyone is getting ready to celebrate the fathers’ in their lives! However, even though there are many fathers who are involved in what their children to do in school, there are a number of fathers who are not. This can be because of many reasons, some of which are that:
fathers are unsure of what they can do when it comes to participating in their child’s education
they don’t think about it because they don’t consider it their role
more often than not mothers are the ones who pick up their children or attend school events
Here are some ways teachers can encourage engagement from not only mothers, but fathers as well, so as to get both parents engaged in their child’s education!
Request that both parents attend Parent-Teacher conferences
It is not uncommon for only one parent to turn up at the school during Parent-Teacher conferences, and that one parent is often the mother of the child. Instead, for the next Parent-Teacher conference, teachers can request that both parents be present at the conference if it is possible. This way, both parents will be able to hear how their child has been doing in class, and be better able to provide their child with any help that their child requires.
During the conference, teachers can also get parents to fill up a survey to share the skills or hobbies they are willing to volunteer at the school. This way, teachers will understand what roles parents are willing to play at the school, and engage them in such roles more frequently. For a template of a survey teachers could use, click here.
Ask parents to help out in school events
Fathers sometimes are less involved in what a child does at school because they are unsure of how they can help. Teachers can reach out to parents to get them to lend a hand during school events. For example, parents could help with decorating the area before an event, chaperoning, or cleaning up after the event. If teachers are able to find out skills that parents have, they could even get them to utilise those skills during events, such as teaching children how to dance or telling stories. Through this, fathers who were not sure what they could do will be able to participate more actively in their child’s school life.
Host a Career Day in school
Another way to engage not only mothers, but fathers, in a school could be to host a Career Day. Working parents can be invited to the school to share with the children what they do at work. Fathers who have no idea what to do during usual school events could talk about their job, something that they’re familiar with, and why they picked the career path they are on. A Career Day is a good event to allow parents a way to contribute to their child’s experience at school, and at the same time also for the children to learn more about various careers. This can be an opportunity to not only involve parents in the events held at the school, but also to introduce interesting jobs and careers to children that are different from the ones that they already know!
Get fathers to volunteer regularly at the school
Many fathers have skills and interests that could be useful on a regular basis. For example, many fathers have an interest in sports, and some even participate in a particular sport often. Such fathers could be asked to help coach a team of children in the sport, such as having trainings on weekends, when it is likely that fathers have more time to do so. This regular volunteering would allow fathers to constantly be around the school and be directly involved in their child’s education. It can also strengthen the bond between the father and his child, through participating in an activity that they can carry out together regularly.
Invite fathers to a Dad’s Night event
Teachers could children to bring their fathers, or father figures, along to a Dad’s Night event, at which fathers are appreciated for what they do. During the event, teachers could share with fathers how they can be more active in supporting their child in their education, such as helping them with their homework or reading stories with them. Teachers could even inform them of different events fathers could volunteer in or roles that they could take up in the school.
This event could allow fathers to mingle and chat, and even share parenting tips with each other. All this can boost the confidence of the fathers and get them more interested in getting involved in what their child does at school, hence prompting them to be more engaged with their child’s education!