Parent education is an important part of growing a whole child. At PACT, each family takes at least 10 hours of formal and mandatory Parent Ed when they start. Parent Ed is a fun-filled program with talks, workshops, Q&A's, games and role plays. It aims at teaching parents about appreciating the multiple intelligence and different developmental levels of students they are going to interact with, including their own child(ren) while arming them with practical tools to perform common tasks effectively on campus as well as off campus. Continued formal parent education is conducted throughout the year in evening meetings. Due to resource constraints, formal parent education at PACT is reserved for enrolled families only. PACT also encourage parents to seek self-education through community forums, informal coffees, book clubs, and so on. Here are select materials to help you understand the scope of parent education at PACT.
PACT parents and teachers have a wide range of interests, sharing news links, upcoming seminars, and parenting events. Here is a selection of items we've shared with each other through the newsgroup.
- The Secret To Getting is Giving
- Responsive Classroom
- Learn by doing
- How the hemispheres of the brain work together for reading - Developmental Approach
- What if the secret to success is "failure"?
- HowToSmile: science and math activities (garden and cooking, too!) for "informal" educators
- Uncommon Parenting
- Math Kangaroo
- Creativity and Education (YouTube)
- Mixing In Math and At Home With Math - creative ways to include math learning in daily life
- Person-centered education
- Ted Talk: Gaming to re-engage boys in learning
- Creativity-stimulating techniques used at Stanford's design school
- Khan Academy, whose mission is to provide a world-class education to anyone, anywhere.
- Long-term impact of early childhood teachers
- Encouraging creativity in our children
- Following the thread about creativity/creative thinking, here's a great clip about the origin of new ideas
- Empathy and bullying prevention
- Intel Museum free science classes
- Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College
- University of Michigan Learning Mathematics for Teaching site
- Eco-friendly lunch boxes
- NY Times: Building A Better Teacher