In order for our children to care about themselves, they must be cared for. The Family is one of Nature’s Masterpieces
Family DynamicsWhen a student comes into the classroom, he doesnot come alone; he brings his family with him,however "normal" or "abnormal" that family maybe by the schools standards.It is important to know students’ familycircumstances.Why?Research shows that the more family involvementwith the school, the better that student does inschool. As a result, many school systems areimplementing programs that encourage familyparticipation in school life.
Respect families’ need for control when introducing new ideas,materials, or experiences to children.Help families recognize their child’s many and varied strengths.Ask for families’ input and assistance when conflict arises over rules.Encourage families to plan ways to increase stability and security(having routines such as: reading a book at bedtime or talking aboutthe day’s events).Educators must make parents our allies and reach out to thesefamilies, avoid appearing intimidating and disrespectful of theirviews.
Engage in careful and keen observation of families in order tofind out who is in charge. Who returns the phone calls? How does the child role-play their different family members? Does a child think that a male teacher is the boss of the female teachers?Provide opportunities for families to discuss their beliefs aboutchildren.Recognize different parenting styles and family boundaries.
There are four Primary Strategies used in Parenting:Authoritarian: obedience and status-oriented - expecting their ordersto be obeyed without explanationPermissive: more responsive than they are demanding – lenient -allow considerable self-regulation and avoid confrontationAuthoritative: monitor and outline clear standards for theirchildren’s conduct. They are assertive, but not intrusive andrestrictive. Their disciplinary methods are supportive, rather thanpunitive. They want their children to be assertive as well as sociallyresponsible, and self-regulated as well as cooperativeUninvolved: this occurs for various reasons and at assorted degrees
Social Learning TheoryInvolves the way students behave because their experiencewith their surrounding environments affect how they learn.. Bandura’s Social Learning Theory suggests that students learn from one another, via observation, imitation, and modeling. Factors in a students environment as well as personal characteristics and traits
Video: The Carol Burnett Show Mamas Family parent teacher conference http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrI-v0SDb2MIf our students feelunimportant, then forsome, they will not careabout others.This encouragesdelinquency in allaspects. One obvioussolution is a shifttowards a focus onstudents’ need for love,care [Maslow] and adultsupervision.
Family Dynamics Based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, name or give a brief example of a students need that must be met by the family setting? Based on Bandura’s Social Learning theory, give an example of how the home environment might influence student behavior and learning. Give an example of why parent/teacher conferences are necessary.
NBC Learn “Aspergers Syndrome” Grant was diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome, a form of autism. Shonda Schilling writes about that experience in the book--her new book, its called "The Best Kind of Different: Our Familys Journey With Aspergers Syndrome." http://archives.nbclearn.com/portal/site/k- 12/browse?cuecard=48689Curry, A. (Reporter). (2010, March 24). Schillings on Familys Struggle withAspergers. [Television series episode]. NBC Today Show. Retrieved fromhttp://archives.nbclearn.com/portal/site/k-12/browse?cuecard=48689