For a long time, I dreaded calling parents because I knew the calls upset the parents. I felt awkward in a dynamic where the parent was embarrassed and many times defensive. I dreaded those calls: when you don’t have good news for a parent, the calls just don’t feel very good. This changed when I became familiar with a concept —- you only have authority if you are under authority. That became the key to positive calls. Most of a teacher’s […]
There was another Active Shooter Situation, this time in Florida — A recent survey showed that about 50% of teachers do not know what to do. Read below from a training session with my local police on the best steps for teachers and students. This article is a summary of a Police seminar on an active shooter situation and focuses on: The teacher’s role regarding what to do in an active shooter event What items can secure the classroom and […]
Normally during the teaching of a Drug Unit a teacher: Provides basic facts in regard to immediate, short term, long term effects of drug(s). The goal is to convince the students — this is not good for you. Provides an opportunity for a cost / benefit analysis — look at your goals; is experimenting with drugs worth messing with your future? Discusses how the absence of serious personal goals, your personality style, and level of self- esteem may affect a […]
It is important to a parent that their child has a good relationship with the students in their class and their teacher. An important part of good relationships is cooperative and respectful behavior. Children have to become aware when they are not cooperative and/or disrespectful and how it affects others. One of the best instructional methods to accomplish this is an effective apology, written to and spoken to each person the child’s misbehavior affects. That would include: The parent […]
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