Establishing Good Communications
- Send introduction letter to parents.
- Send parent questionnaire.
- Write monthly newsletter or letter.
- Give positive notes, cards, stickers, etc.
- Invite parents to view collection of work.
- Work on good discipline as hard as you work at good teaching.
Effective Ways Of Dealing With Problems
- Time Out
- Denial of privileges
- Send copies of infraction notices home on Thursday so they will arrive on Friday.
- Call to parent at home.
- Call at work (let student talk, as well)
- Call to emergency number
- Mailgram/registered letter
- Visit to the office
Communicating In Conference
- Listen to everything said.
- Let the parent(s) talk.
- Watch body language (yours and theirs).
- Don’t overwhelm the parent(s).
- Avoid physical barriers.
- Address the parent(s) by name.
- Look parent(s) in the eye.
- State the problem in specific terms.
- Offer ideas for help.
- Ask for their help.
- Summarize the conversation.
- If possible, end on a positive note.
- Send follow-up note.
- Do not downgrade the consequences.
If The Conference Becomes Hostile
- Ask for an end to the meeting.
- Move the conference to the office.
- Watch what you say.
- Ask for a break (go to the restroom).
- Stay calm, speak slowly, and don’t become angry.
- Ask that complaints against you be put in writing.
- Stay there. Do not end the conference unless you have been given permission to leave.