Home visits by teachers to a student’s home are valuable ways for teachers to learn about their students and their family life.
In St. Louis, many schools have started programs for teacher home visits, but some have not kept it going Some of the obstacles to continuing the home visit program include demands for teacher time, and parent reluctance to open their home to the teacher.
However, once the visit occurs, teachers build relationships with parents, which pay off for the students. The personal parent-teacher interaction is of great value for teachers. Home visits have also been a way to encourage parent involvement, and invite parents to be part of the school community. Parent interactions with children, such as reading to them at home, or enforcing rules with teens about doing homework, are critical to the success of the child in school.