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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?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Parent Contact

Something new that was implimented this year at my school is that advisors would become a contact person for their advisement students. We had to make a folder for each students and make contact with their parent to discuss grades, any difficulties, as well as letting them know that we were availiable. This was set in place so that parents would have a contact person as well as trying to stay on top of the students grades rather than get to the end of the semester and, oh my gosh, they fail. Initially I thought this was a pain and unfair since I don't have any of my advisees in my classes and felt that the classroom teacher should do the calling, but, I have had positive experiences with this process. It is a little more work, but parents are calling with specific concerns, then I can make intervention, speak with teachers or just offer support to the parent and child. Overall I am amazed at the parental response. I have gotten some calls from very concerned parents but none have been unkind and they appreciate knowing quickly that their child is having academic difficulty. Hey, don't shoot the messenger, right! It also allows me productive conversation with my advisement students each Wednesday. They know that I will be asking about their grades, pulling grades up on the computer and calling parents. No student has ever questioned my motive or gotten mad about a parent contact. I think, hope, that they know all parent contact by me is for their benefit since I DON'T have them in class. Even though it is more work, it's working at our school.


Dr. M said...

Hi, Teresa - you have a great attitude for this extra work - how many students does each teacher advise?

All this parental experience will make it easy for you to deal with the parents of your students, especially if the contact is made early in the process, as you mentioned - that is the key! Keep up the great work.

Brenda said...

Hello Teresa,

I have an Advisory group that I have to follow also and only two are in my HSTE classes. We meet two times a week to go over general business items - complete forms and collect funds needed for whatever reasons. We also have bonding sessions and Girl Talk to discuss topics of interest to the students. And yes, parent contact is a big part of the Advisory program. We are responsible for contacting parents also.