Fathers More Involved In Child’s Education: 17 Practical Tips

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.  –  John Dewey

When dads are involved with a child’s education they do well with exams, better with school, demonstrate self confidence and become more responsible.

The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think – rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.  –  Bill Beattie

Here are 17 practical tips for getting involved.  Feel free to share your thoughts or tell us what works for you.

1. Attending back to school night.

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2. Ask teachers how you can participate with more classroom projects.

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3. Volunteer to attend parent teacher organization’s (PTO)

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4. Use professional skills to assist with school programs.

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5. Volunteer where tasks require additional hands.

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6. Open the lines of communication with teacher via phone, email, notes or scheduled meeting.

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7. Identify child’s strengths and areas for improvement.

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8. New student: Meet with teacher to discuss best approach for a smooth transition into new class.

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9. Discuss teacher expectations and course philosophy.

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10. Career Day: Parents with special skills could volunteer to speak to a class.

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11. Help where needed during field trips.

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12. Be an assistant coach or sports coordinator volunteer.

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13. Create a homework contract with children.

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14. Visit teacher’s website for course resources.

15. At home: Share expectations for the new school year.

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16. Arrange a field trip for students to visit your job.

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17. Volunteer as a tutor or guest speaker for second language learners.

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