SCENARIO 1 Id like to know what goes on in your classroom! Susies teacher last year never gave so much homework and she always made straight As. I know youre new, but youd better check with someone who knows what theyre doing before you get in over your head.
SCENARIO 2 John said you always pick on him and that you embarrass him in front of all the other kids when he has to go to get special help.
FINAL SUGGESTIONS Document Heated email – WAIT Conference support Be cool Walk to the office with an irate parent Dont meet with a parent while you have students in the room Plan meetings to control time
REMEMBER… Dont be too hard on parents. They send you their very best, and most work hard at raising their kids. And they dont get summers off.
RESOURCES Adapted from Clear Creek Independent School Districts New Teacher Mentoring Program. Tucker, Ginger. The Heart of Teaching Series. GKT Publishing, Amarillo, Texas. 2006. Rutherford, Paula. Why Didnt I Learn This In College? ASK Publications and Professional Development, Alexandria, Virginia. 2002. Ramsey, Ed.D., Robert. 501 Tips for Teachers, McGraw Hill, New York. 2003.