Inviting Families into the Classroom: Learning from a Life in Teaching

Inviting Families into the Classroom: Learning from a Life in Teaching

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Inviting Families into the Classroom: Learning from a Life in Teaching

Teachers need to read books by other teachers, yet there are few available on the important subject of parent-teacher relationships. Lynne Yermanock Strieb fills the gap with this engaging account of her 31-year career teaching children in urban classrooms. Drawing on an extensive archive of documents she kept as a kindergarten, first-grade, and second-grade public school teacher in Philadelphia, Strieb captures the complexity and nuance of working with the families of her students. Readers will experience how her teaching developed over time and will gain access to the useful materials she created throughout her career, including a successful newsletter for parents. Her story also provides a unique example of practitioner research, showing how teachers can use a variety of data collected in the classroom to both enhance their own practice and to inform that of others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807750827
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 04/16/2010
Series: Language & Literacy Series (NCRLL Collection)
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Joseph Featherstone ix

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction 1

1 I'm a Parent and a Teacher: How My Own Experiences Have Informed My Stance Toward Parent Involvement 12

My Family 12

Early Teaching Experience 13

Parent Activism in Germantown 14

Influence of These Experiences on My Teaching 28

2 Learning About Parental Concerns, Interests, and Issues 29

My Newsletter to Parents: An Invitation to Inform Me 29

Parents' Communications to Me 32

Comparing Documents 58

3 Homework: The School at Home 60

Why I Gave Homework 60

Informing Parents 62

Some Examples 64

Parents' Responses 67

My Current Thinking 79

4 Children's Behavior and Parents' Reactions 82

My Classroom and School 83

Informing Parents About Behavior 84

Parents' Reports About the Behavior of Other People's Children 88

Parents' Varied Responses 92

What I Learned, What I Wondered 100

5 Opening the Classroom Door: Inviting Parents and Preparing to Work Together in Classrooms 103

The Parent Scholar Program 103

Why I Invited Parents 104

My Newsletter: An Invitation to Work in the Classroom 113

Preparing to Work Together 115

Difficult Times 119

When Parents Don't Enter the Classroom 127

6 Bringing Home into School: Parent Work in the Classroom 128

Doing What Needed to Be Done 128

Participating by Bringing and Sending 132

7 Learning from a Life in Teaching 156

Authority and Trust 157

What I Learned or Might Have Done Differently 159

Principals, Administrators, and a Welcoming Atmosphere 161

Teachers and Parents 163

Some Further Concerns 164

Final Thoughts 164

Appendices 167

Notes 193

References 203

Index 205

About the Author 213

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