Entry 3

October 21, 2016


This week I have been able to collaborate with my ESL teacher to select students who would be possible students to ask to have a home visit with. She suggested students whom I already have a relationship with and whom I have already met from soccer games.

I have  I sent a form home and got a verbal confirmation which I will now go to and ask for their signature on paper in addition the parent consent form and the student consent form. Tonight’s interview I will ask questions about their background family life, the parents views on schooling, and how they so far have been able to receive communication from the school. In addition I will ask what the student’s nightly routines are at home and where he does his homework, what are the family dynamics etc. Lastly I will ask if they have ever been able to have parental involvement in the school and challenges.


I have been able to ask two teachers about home visits. One which I coded for last week’s assignment and one I will code this weekend. I also now am able to modify some of my questions to get more specific ways of beneficial forms of communication for those teachers who have previously participated in home visits.


In addition I will attend a soccer match where I will make many parent contacts. This has been my greatest success to meet many parents at once where I will ask my second students parents what date will work for them.


Analyzing Survey 1

The patterns analyzed that I noticed were a great need, trust and challenges. The need to help ESL families especially refugee families is incredibly vital to the families trust not only of the school and in my opinion of America. The school is often the first point of contact families have with American’s therefore is pertinent to build those trusting relationships well. In addition the need of many of these families is great from groceries to winter coats. The ESL teacher had a depth of resources to pull from to get needs meet despite the language barriers often faced. Language barriers were not the only challenges that required problem solving in addition parental involvement. The ESL teacher seemed to have a solution for the common problem of lack of parental involvement because of the teacher’s comment of the last line in the second paragraph.Reflecting on this information I almost wonder if I should have focused on ESL refugees and vital home visits are for them. Analyzing this one survey has been very powerful. I regret I did not start with this as a way to drive my induction of my research question. In addition there are several other teachers who have participated in home visits therefore  I am curious how their responses will be . I hope to have my first home visit next week.

Teacher Survey 1

Have you ever experienced a home visit for one of your students? If yes, what were things that went well or could have been improved? If no, how do you think they might impact student progress, behavior, and parental involvement for ESL students?

I have not personally done any home visits but I know that our ESL teacher Mrs. P often did. She would go to homes to meet with families particularly for students who were refugees. This helped her learn about the various needs the family had as they got settled in America and helped her to know what resources to get the families connected with. She was able to get students and their families free groceries, winter coats, school supplies, and more. The home visits gave her valuable information on the cultural background her students were coming from. This also helped students feel more connected to her and therefore had less behavior issues. In addition she was able to keep them apprised of their child’s academic progress and things they could do to support school at home. Meeting parents in their homes helped them to trust her and allowed her to be able to better support them. For example, signing up for parent conferences can be a challenging process when you are unfamiliar with both the language and the school system. She was able to work with parents to get most of them signed up.

Home visits can help a family know that the educator is a safe and trustworthy person. When you are unfamiliar with both a language and culture it can be hard to reach out. Making home visits can help take the initial fear away and let parents know they are cared for and valued. When a parent does not know the language they will not likely participate much in the school setting. Home visits can significantly increase the amount of parent participation because it eases fears by teaching them how the education system works and providing a safe person as an access point to connect the family and school.

ESL Research

I have this project is to investigate how an ELL’s students and parents are affected by home visits correlate. The question that is driving my research is how do 6th grade ELL home visits affect students success and parental involvement within an urban middle school? Focused questions will be 1. What are the best methods in communicating with ELL parents literate and illiterate about school information?  2.What are the obstacles that prevent ELL parents involved with school functions?     3. What is a students’ response in the school setting after a home visit in regards to behavior, academic and social interactions?