After witnessing another great day with grandparents visiting our school, I was struck by the hum of positive activity around the school. Particularly striking were the number of difficult to engage students engrossed in the variety of activities. There are often other times when I get the same sense of active learning but it begs the question, what was special about today?
Out of the various possibilities, it was time to pause and consider the impact of the grandparents’ presence and time with the students. Having a respected and loved family member guiding and encouraging them certainly had a very powerful impact on the students’ engagement. Is there potential for more involvement of the grandparents of our children in school life? It is possible but a lot of things would need to be put I place to enable it to happen. It would be great to experience more of the positive humming.
Hearing a teacher say to a grandparent, “You should come in every day!”, could be a reality perhaps.