Should parents join in class?

Michael just wrote in to ask if it’s a good idea to have parents join in class or to even maybe have them just join in by listening.

Here’s my answer …..

Certainly for demo classes I always insist on parents being there and then I also insist that they all join in!

Ninja Tip: This is how your teaching becomes remarkable, the parents get such an experience that it is the first thing they tell their friends about for weeks!Β Also make sure they are joining in and not just “listening” as that tends to lead to yawns, phones out on Instragram and a whole host of distractions for the kids!

Then usually in regular classes what happens is that the kids end up zooming far beyond the parents. So it then depends on their investment into the program. If they’re not into it then just let them go. Or if they are all for it, then just set them the homework to make sure they don’t fall behind their kids and it’s amazing what that can do for a family!

The other option is for very young kids where baby and mom classes are very popular, although that usually ends up being you teaching the moms parenting and “how to teach your own baby at home” skills, so just make sure you’re up for that!

Hope that helps!

Be genki,


P.S.Β  Β One fantastic “bonus” for having parents attend is that you never know who will attend.Β  Β The demo event from the year before the one above had, completely by chance,Β  one of the parents attend who is a very famous TV comedian in the country.Β  Β And the funny thing is that his best friend has just got elected as the new President of the country!Β  Β So I wonder if Genki English will get any more traction over there?

Richard Graham

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2 Responses to “Should parents join in class?”

  1. Brian Woodrow

    Richard. I invite the parents to sit in if they want with the younger kids so that they feel more relaxed. BUT and I think this is the perfect thing. I also have the class on camera with a tv in the waiting area where the parents can watch and if they want to hear what the children are doing. With technology today I have set it up so that parents as long as they have wifi on their phones can watch the class from wherever they are by logging into my site. Parents do not use it that often but they love the fact that they can.

  2. Richard Graham

    Yes indeed, CCTV has been one of the single most effective ways of dramatically improving teaching in the schools that use it!

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