How do I create effective Parent/Teacher communication?. Angela Sherman. How to handle different types of parents.
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The parent who WANTS TO TALK DAILYThis is the parent who drops off their child at school and makes it a point to drop by your room also leaving you with his/her concerns about your class. The bad part is, they always swing by as the bell to start class rings.Here's what to do:1. Give the parent options about when you can speak with him or her so that it does not iterrupt the beginning of class.
The UNINVOLVED PARENTThis is the parent who is MIA. You never hear from them and quite frankly they've never heard of you. They don't even know their child is taking your class. Here's how to attempt to get them involved.1. Try to reach them by telephone. Keep calling until you get a parent.2. Then, try to schedule a meeting time where they can possibly come in and discuss what's happening with their child.
The parent who thinks YOU ASSIGN WAY TOO MUCH HOMEWORKThis is the parent who swears you're giving your child a thesis statement to complete every night for homework.Here's what to do:1. Ask them when you can sit down and talk about the homework load.2. When you do meet have another teacher or counselor present.3. Try to explain why you are giving the amount of homework you are giving and discuss possible reasons why your student may not be completing their homework.4. Offer some suggestions on how to complete the homework.
The parent who is UPSET WITH THEIR CHILD'S GRADESThis is the parent who's child is getting all A's and B's but a C in your class and swears it has nothing to do with their child.1. Always have your grade book available so that you can use it as a reference. " Maria is not turning in her homework. This is affecting her grade. She does well on the quizzes but the tests are where we see some problems."2. Discuss what you see in class. Your observations of the student and how they work.
1. Listen to parents concerns and take them seriously2. Be prepared to answer any questions--this means having grade book ready and any other materials that you need to show the students' progress.3. Keep a paper trail-- keep all details of when you talked to parents so that if there is a discrepancy on how and when you contacted them you have proof.4. Do not be defensive and do not verbally attack a parent even if they challenge your credibility.5. Always remain professional6. If you need help dealing with a parent don't be afraid to ask a fellow teacher or an administrator.