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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?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Parent Contact

I will admit this is the part of my job that I really HATE! Of course no one wants to have to hear something negative about their child from a teacher. We have guidelines at my school on how to contact parents. We are supposed to document when, how and what was said during the contact. I have a student that does not want to do her classwork. As a result she is failing. She really is one of my better behaved students and seems to like my class. I have tried contacting the parents but cannot understand them as they are from Bosnia and do not speak much english. I have emailed them and written them notes but have not had much success with support from them. Any one have any ideas on how to handle a situation like this? I have her on a course success plan and speak to her several times a week about her progress.

1 comment:

paulette said...

One of the things that I found very helpful with students from other countries is to have them buddy with another student in the class that they get along with. This arrangement seems to increase the student's participation in class as well as improve their social skills. It appears to help the student transition from being a spectator to feeling more a part of the class which increases their sense of belonging and acceptance.
Do you have a support team at your school for international students? If you do it may be helpful to contact them and get their input regarding this particular situation. Sounds like you have already put some good things in place to address the situation. Let me know how it goes.