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I would like to add on a little here. I also do the parent/student
signature on the rules routine. I also, periodically, put in a column
about my program (art or social studies) in the P.T.A. newsletter of
my school (which is mailed home, so ya know parents get it.) I use
an upbeat tone, but I re-acquaint everyone with the rules. I also
feel that after one-half of the school year gone, at this point
students KNOW what is acceptable behavior and what is not. I
shouldn't even have to give warnings at this point!! Periodically, I
have to stop being the Nice Teacher and go into the Kick Butt mode of
behavior modification. Students who have been 'pushing the envelope'
are the first to experience the KB mode.
Emerson Junior High School
> ....I send home a letter at the first of each school year explaining
> >this but every year I have parents complain.
> Hi, Debbie....There's a way around this. At the first of the semester, I
> send a policy sheet home explaining my grading scale, deadlines, losing
> pts. for unexcused tardies, blah, blah....and at the bottom of the sheet I
> make a return section which has to be signed by the parent and returned to
> me via the student. Kids get 5 pts. if they return it the next day, 4th the
> next, etc. I KEEP them in a drawer for just such an occasion as you
> mentioned. If a parent complains later, I just pull out their signed
> signature and it shuts them right up! I haven't had a one argue with me
> after seeing their "John Henry" in my hot little
> hand. I keep these signature slips for about a month after the grades are
> mailed out for any such problem like this that might appear. It's
> Bunki Kramer
> Los Cerros Middle School
> 968 Blemer Rd.
> Danville, California 94526