Jenny believes in a community where learning happens 24/7 – anywhere, anytime – and where every community member is a partner in the education of children. However, at the start of the year, Jenny’s reality was that parents didn’t feel they had the skills to educate their children, they didn’t know where to get those skills, and they felt powerless.
Jenny decided to focus on the parents new to her school – those with children in Foundation – who were feeling disempowered when it came to supporting their children in reading, writing and numeracy. With their lack of confidence in their own skill sets in mind, Jenny trialled an idea..
She created a 2 minute learning video – ‘How to support your child to read a book’ – using her own grandson and her voice to make it authentic. Jenny posted the clip on her school’s Facebook page where it reached 400 people in just two days! Totally mind-blowing.
Jenny has since created a SWAY – a Microsoft content sharing platform – containing lots of 2 minute ‘How to..’ videos for parents. She plans to continue uploading videos this year so that she has a solid bank of resources, and she’ll launch the SWAY publicly soon! She is also training her team in how to create the videos so that they can upload them, too.
Jenny’s SWAY is public to the world and so she acknowledges that measuring the number of people directly impacted by her project is difficult! So far, she knows of four families in her school who’ve given her really positive feedback about her Parents as Partners in Learning Idea.
“A grandma and a mum came to me recently to find out how they could help their small learner with his writing and reading. The family has been facing a range of challenges – things haven’t been easy for them for a few years now. Anyway, I created several learning videos and put them on a memory stick. I gave them the USB along with some flashcards and the links for the Facebook and SWAY pages. The grandma also passed it all onto the child’s father who wants to be an active participant in his learning process. All of us are working together to support this young child. It is awesome.”
Like the idea?
Jenny would love your support for Parents as Partners of Learning, or for you to start a similar program in your school, and she’d love to hear about any ideas you have or lend a hand where she can. Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get in touch with Jenny and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer her on in the comments below as well.
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