Strengthening Home-School Ties

Parent Orientation: Day 1 (August 20, 2009) – Thong Lor campus

Parents often wonder what kind of learning takes place in the classroom. They are eager to understand the personality of teachers, the philosophy behind teaching styles, and the rationale for covering certain types of contents. In short, parents appreciate it when the school opens its doors for them to come in, learn about, and understand how their children are educated.

Understanding this important need of parents, the school arranged for a different kind of parent orientation this year. After giving a brief update on new developments (WASC accreditation, emphasis on strengthening English language proficiency of students, commitment to “making Thailand our classroom,” etc.), parents were given ample time to interact with their homeroom teachers to gain insight into teaching and learning that go on in their children’s classes.

Teachers took this opportunity to share information (with parents) pertaining to what they teach, how they teach, how they assess learning, what classroom management techniques are used, etc. Both parties found the interaction to be valuable as they developed a better understanding of each other. It was also a good chance for teachers and parents to clarify expectations and bridge the gaps that exist in their definition/philosophy of education. It is hoped that this session would open more doors of opportunities for teachers and parents to work closely together  for children’s well-being and academic success.

The school is committed to continue working with parents to ensure the success of every student. As the headmaster reiterated in his speech to parents, “thinking is the highest form of learning…” and Wells International School works toward equipping its students with creative and critical thinking skills for now and future.

Headmaster addressing parents
Headmaster addressing parents
Parents meeting in small groups with homeroom teachers (parents of Grade 1 students)
Parents meeting in a small group with homeroom teacher (parents of Grade 1 students)
Grade 2 teacher sharing student work with parents, giving insight to parents into what kind of learning takes place in his classes
Grade 2 teacher sharing student work with parents, giving them insight into the kind of learning that takes place in his classes
Parents of Grade 2 students examining and discussing about student work
Parents of Grade 2 students examining and discussing about student work
Grade 1 homeroom teacher sharing lesson plans with parents
Grade 1 homeroom teacher sharing lesson plans with parents
Grade 2 teacher addressing parent concerns
Grade 2 teacher addressing parent concerns
Exchanging ideas
Exchanging ideas
Parents visiting Grade 1 classroom
Parents visiting Grade 1 classroom

Parent Orientation: Day 2 (August 21, 2009) – Thong Lor campus

Director of Parent Relations addressing parents of Grades 3-5 students
Director of Parent Relations addressing parents of Grades 3-5 students
Appreciating PTO representatives for Academic Year 2008-09
Appreciating PTO representatives for Academic Year 2008-09
Grade 3 homeroom teacher conferencing with parents
Grade 3 homeroom teacher conferencing with parents
Grade 4 & 5 Science teacher giving insight to parents about science curriculum
Grade 4 & 5 Science teacher giving insight to parents about science curriculum
Grade 3 homeroom teacher answering parents' questions
Grade 3 homeroom teacher answering parents' questions
Parents getting familiar with school calendar with the help of IEP teacher
Parents getting familiar with school calendar with the help of IEP teacher
Grade 4 teachers team-conferencing with parents
Grade 4 teachers team-conferencing with parents
Parents visiting "play area" in Grade 4 classroom - teacher emphasizes that "play inspires creativity"
Parents visiting "play area" in Grade 4 classroom - teacher emphasizes that "play inspires creativity

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