Become Acquainted with Teachers and Stay in Touch
Teachers play a crucial role in students’ lives and therefore it is advisable that parents meet their children’s teachers as soon in the year as possible and establish a strong relationship. BIS suggests parents attend the Meet the Teacher day at the beginning of the academic year.
Teachers will always make themselves available for calls, messages and conferences, assisted by an interpreter if necessary, throughout the year. There are also formal weekly assemblies, frequent performances, cultural activities and Stay and Play days when parents can “come in and have their children show what they are most excited to be learning about,” Darragh says.
Moreover, at the beginning of each new International Primary Curriculum (IPC) lesson unit, parents can come to learn more about the materials and come back at the end of the lessons to see the results. One such “exit point,” for example, was a focus on ancient Egypt that involved a VR presentation of a pyramid, displays of tomb artworks, costumes, videos, and dances. It’s a great way to encourage students to take pride in their work and allows parents to share their enthusiasm.