The virus has done one thing, parents now hold teachers and the work they do in higher regard since the lockdown and remote schooling.
A study by E-Lab with Deakin University, surveyed 1,000 parents with children in primary schools in NSW, all of whom were from a diverse range of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, found that:
• 98.5 per cent of parents reported that they were satisfied with the communication they received from the school during that period.
• 99.7 per cent of parents said they were satisfied with the work of their child’s teacher.
• 96.6 per cent of parents reported that they felt supported by the school during the COVID-19 home schooling period.
• 86.8 per cent of parents reported that their child was moderately to highly engaged in learning during the COVID-19 home schooling.
Dr Adam Fraser, a peak performance expert and Director of research company E-Lab says, “There is no doubt that 2020 has been a tough year on everyone, and as a father of two young girls, I can attest to how hard it’s been for children specifically too, given the rapid changes they needed to adapt to. This data highlights that even through these difficult times where people were struggling, parents and teachers have done an extraordinary job in making students feel supported. With many wondering if another more widespread lockdown is looming, it’s crucial that parents and teachers prepare their children for new struggles that may come their way, so they are more equipped then they first were back in March.”
Fraser’s tips to helping your child cope with 2020 and build better relationships with the teacher include:
Fraser concludes, “It’s important to note that the key reason respect of teachers went up was that parents learned how hard the job is and how much work they put into daily lessons, and the level of dedication and passion that goes into planning lessons. There’s no doubt that keeping children engaged for long periods of time is no easy feat! Another factor is how much more frequently communication was occurring between teachers and parents, so going forward, this is a practice that should continue.
For more information, or to register for Fraser’s webinar for parent and teachers on how to develop resilient children on August 18, visit https://www.dradamfraser.com/live-webinar-event-august-2020.
*Note, the questions in the study were also translated into Arabic, Dari, Assyrian, Indonesian, Chinese to ensure a diverse mix of respondents were secured.