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Lesson Plans

In response to Lynda

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Judith Grochowski (jfgro)
Tue, 10 Mar 1998 22:51:56 -0600 (CST)

It often seems to me that calling the parents would be a pain, but
in most cases, it is extremely beneficial and I think, preferrable. After
all, if the parent would be concerned about the behavior, why rob them of
the opportunity to address it? Often, asking "Is there something it would be
helpful for me to know about your child?", etc. opens the don't
know what is or isn't being said about you at the dinner table....Also the
issue of sexual harrassment is getting into this situation-and needs to be
addressed-the kids who are responsible need to be told they're crossing a
line and perhaps, need to have it documented and consequented.
Sometimes when I contact a parent, I'll say, "This is just for your
information-it's not nec. for you to consquent this situation, I'll take
care of it on this end". I let them know I'm a parent too, and somehow that
lends some empathy to the communication. I know if my own kids were
disrupting a class, I'd want to know about it! We should assume no less for
any parent without checking it out first. Also, as a teacher, if you contact
a select few of the mouthy one's parents early on, your reputation gets
around as someone who will contact parents and all of a sudden there is no
need to do so. Students with big mouths become an effective commercial for you!
Judy Grochowski
Greenfield High
Greenfield Wisconsin