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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Parent Contact 2

Hello to everyone! I'm finally here, Hope everyone is doing well in their classes.I have some very interesting parents with the type of student we have. We are required to make contact calls the first week and follow-up calls every week to insure good numbers and contact with our parents. At first I felt that was too much, but as time went on I found the calls easier to make. Calls don't always have to be on a bad note. We have five personnel in our class so it make for easy calling. We each have a small block of students. The calls themselves are sometimes very interesting. I have some parents who are very aware of the system and all the guidelines that need to be followed for special need students. On the other hand I've had a parent tell me not to ever call her again if we could not deal with her son she would just have him arrested and put away. I find tho in many cases a large number of my student are not well off at home and hate to get a phone call home. I have found it very good practice to find something or many things that are positive to say first before discussing problems. Parents in my opinion are more receptive to a problem after I have told them how well their child is doing in another area. After a while you become familiar with parents and how they feel and the do's and dont's. But you must keep in constant contact. If you only make the initial call and call only when there is a problem then to me that is a problem itself. Parents are our best Allitodealwith our students, well maybe not 100% of the time but even those parents must be informed. Another good practice is to keep a correct and accurate call log. If there were ever any questions about a conversation it can be reviewed. Our school policy requires us to turn in a call log weekly. I would record it if I could. It never fails I'll go to an IEP meeting and get misquoted and have to pull out the call log. Calling parents is definitely one of the most important jobs we have so don't neglect it.

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, John - great message and thanks for sharing your experiences. Good to hear from you.