Making connections
Mayra Solis-Madueno
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I agree with the points that you made about family school connections and homework. However, when you mention academic-related school events, I find myself thinking about those community events teachers often forget about. What do you think about the importance of teachers attending a movie show students and parents are interested in? Attending a community fair with their family? Or going on a picnic? Do you think that these events also help foster partnerships among schools, family and community groups, and individuals? I personally think that attending these types of events is important because teachers and families can more easily support one another in nurturing students’ identities and values, and adding richness to the work of social justice. Likewise, attending events that are not necessarily academic, facilitates the teacher’s understanding of students’ interests. The teacher can learn about the uniqueness of each child and thereby modify and/or integrate these interests during instruction.