I have created a How Parents Can Help With Confirmation document in MSWord and in pdf (which seemed to save better) that you can use or modify to share. A number of pastors have begun having parents be an integral part of the teaching process in leading small groups and/or helping with classroom management. There are pros and cons in both of these models. With regard to classroom management I would say that having parents involved for that reason may alleviate some of the problems but it also sends a message to students that the pastor/teacher cannot handle the problems. I will talk about classroom management in a post in the near future. Below you can see the pros and cons of having parents directly involved in the education process.
Parents as a Part of the Teaching ExperiencePros
- Parents know and understand the curriculum and get a refresher at the same time.
- Parents have the opportunity to hear what their children think about what is being taught.
- Parents have a greater understanding of what's required every week.
- Parents take the confirmation journey with their children.
- Sometimes parents overshadow the students in discussion.
- Parents aren't always comfortable with the silence after a question is asked and answer for the students.
- Middle school students will not freely discuss some issues with their parents or the parents of a friend in the room.
- Some parents push a little too hard for their kids to succeed and confirmation is not that kind of a class. These parents would do better to help at home.
- Pastors/teachers sometimes forget that the class is for the kids and speak more to the parents.
- Having parents involved hinders the students from developing a personal relationship with the pastor/teacher.