Teamwork Through Parent Meetings

When the pandemic ushered in lock downs and forced many schools to move to online education, it had a large impact on student behavior. Students struggled from a variety of issues caused by the disruption and online learning, from difficulty addressing mental disorders that affect academics to a lack of accountability. It has been difficult for many students. Considering this situation, we at Lowry Adventist college decided to have offer one-on-one meetings for parents and their students with administration and teachers. 

It has not been a practice for colleges to have such meetings, and not all parents were able to come on the scheduled day. The parents who came, however, felt that it was a profitable exercise, so we decided to continue the meetings through the week and many parents took time out of their busy schedule to learn about how their child was progressing and to get to know the teachers and schooling system.

There were several conferences where we were able to see the benefits of teamwork clearly. One student had excellent academic performance but did not actively participate in the classroom. We explained that when she chose not to interact it influenced other students not to participate, but when she came forward and interacted during a lecture session it improved the classroom atmosphere. This discussion with parent and student was a beautiful synergizing experience that resulted in the student participating more and actively encouraging others towards getting a better learning experience.

When we met with another student and his father, it became clear that his test scores were unexpectedly low. We took a look at his test and noted for him a number of mistakes made which seemed to suggest that he had taken a casual and careless approach rather than a careful, meticulous and rational approach. The pain and concern of the father was evident and was felt by the son too. The information and his father’s reaction helped the student recognize an issue he could be working on.

A third student was known for her hard work, perseverance, and academic achievements and was considered by her class to be an ideal student. She hails from a non-Christian background, but when we asked what she enjoyed the most at college, her first response was the morning devotionals: the songs she learnt and the thoughts presented were inspiring and made an impact in her life. This encouraged us that our worships were having a positive impact on our students. 

We saw the results of team work through these meetings. We saw better academic engagement, which resulted in better academic performance. More importantly, as Adventist educators, we always kept in mind that God was part of our team, with parent, student, teacher, administrator, and God all working together. True education is not just about pursuing of knowledge but should create a space for connecting with God.


Alwyn Abraham Chacko

Chacko, MSc MBA, is a Lecturer at Lowry Memorial College and Group of Institutions. Has worked as a Lecturer at Asia Pacific International University, Thailand from 2010 – 2019.


  • | May 20, 2022 at 12:31 am

    An interesting approach. Glad that the results were fruitful. Last line of the article is so apt.

    • | June 3, 2022 at 1:12 am

      Thanks Joan… its a part of practicing IFL as an Adventist Educator.

  • | May 20, 2022 at 1:40 am

    It’s a good exercise to have these personal meetings to get a better perspective. Thank you for leading by example for other institutions to follow.

  • | May 20, 2022 at 2:19 am

    The article is very impressive. The pta meetings are usually seen in schools. Bringing this into a college is a good idea.
    I was working in schools for a long time and now in a college set up. I’m going to introduce it where I’m working too. The analysis of different students and their learning points gives a good feedback for improving our interaction with the student community at large. Thanks Alwyn

  • | May 20, 2022 at 3:33 am

    It is indeed the need of the hour.
    A very good initiative and a 100% reaching out would do wonders in the young minds.
    Well designed and all the members of the faculty taking it to the next level would be resulting in a positive transformation.
    A better follow up would be meeting again the student alone “one-on-one” to find out how he/ she feels.
    Good work dear Mr Chacko.

    • | June 3, 2022 at 1:14 am

      The Point you raise of doing a follow-up is very important and will be useful to keep the momentum going.
      Thank you!

  • | May 20, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. For every labor if he/she is labor together with God, many souls will be brought to Jesus. God bless you Mr. Chacko

    • | June 3, 2022 at 1:16 am

      Yes. We are all co-laborer’s in the cause of God. May we be available to be used for His Glory. Thanks1

  • | June 1, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    Thank you! For your comments and encouragement… its a simple write-up of an experience as educator. By sharing and encouraging it helps each othet. Take care.

  • | June 14, 2022 at 9:05 am

    Hlo sir , It was very good experience you had during our ptm and shared to us. Also it was very impressive to read, and hope you share more experiences in addition in future. Thank you for sharing this to us sir.

    • | June 23, 2022 at 6:05 am

      Great to read your comment…Kavya. Its important to have such discussions which can help improve the overall objective making education worth while for everyone.Take care and God bless.

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