Katie Wells

VIA20

Abingdon, United Kingdom

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Challenge

We live in a world where everything is instantaneous. We have news feeds, bulletins and alerts to notify us when anything happens. So why do we not do this in education with regards to feedback on children’s progress? As a teacher, I want to be able to give valuable feedback to parents about their child's learning throughout a term. However, due to busy teacher days and not seeing some parents I am unable to always share information about how their child is achieving (or not). This information frequently has to be shared at parents evening or in formal written reports and these common occurs twice per year and are fairly spaced out. It is tricky for a parent to know how their child is doing in between these periods. It is important to involve parents in children learning as teaching is a partnership between students, teachers and parents. Researchers report that when parents actively participate in their child’s education, it improves the child's academic achievements. However, when parents are not they can feel left out of the loop and anxious about their child (Greenstein, 2010). Eventually when they are informed it is then too late to act upon issues to help out. I think involving parents and families in the learning process by providing them with frequent valuable feedback about their child's learning progress is an effective way to improve student achievement. Feedback is one of the most effective teaching and learning strategies and has an immediate impact on learning progress.

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