Hugo wrote in to ask if it’s OK if parents want to watch their kids’ lessons.
There’s a great thread with everyone’s answers over on the VIP forum (some great ideas there) , and my answer was …
The answer is a definite, Yes, Yes, Yes!
Be totally transparent and let the parents come whenever they they like.
Show them you have nothing to hide and everything to show.
But …. and there is always a catch …… when the parents come they *HAVE* to join in the class!
No sitting at the back watching the kids.
(This just creates a bad role model for the kids!)
The parents join in *everything*. The games, the songs, the talking and the gestures.
Doing this stops all the “do this, do that” pointing that parents tend to do, it gives the kids another excellent adult role model to follow – even if they make a mess of things they were trying! – and, best of all, the parent gets to feel what it is like in your class herself.
Once you force her to join in she will but stunned by how good (and different!) the lessons are, and that first person testimonial is all you need to get her telling *all* her friends about your school!
Remember though, zero tolerance, *everyone* joins in! 🙂
I hope that helps you in your classroom too, and do check out the other replies over on the forum! 🙂
P.P.S. Thanks for all the great feedback on yesterday’s song too – it really does help.