WHAT PARENTS EXPECT FROM YOU My Child Clear Expectations Curriculum Availability Volunteer
WHAT PARENTS EXPECT FROM YOU Safety Success Fair and Consistent Alert Me Ask My Advice
DIFFERENT KINDS OF PARENTS The Over-Involved Parent (Helicopter Parent) The Under-Involved Parent The Over-Familiar Parent The Over-Impressed Parent The Over-to-You Parent The Overwhelmed Parent
CONFERENCING TIPS Dress Treatment Seating Organization Materials Friendly Body Language Clear Purpose
CONFERENCING TIPS (CONT.) State facts Maintain two-way communication Dont compare students Gather background information DOCUMENT Share samples of work Climate of conference
THE RIGHT AND WRONG WORDS Use This Shown he can do more Can do better Make better use of time Reserved Tries to gain attention Not This Lazy Never Does Wastes Time Bashful Show-off
COMMUNICATION SKILLS Non-Verbal Crossed Arms Gestures Eye Contact Facial Expressions Environment Seating Verbal Parent Voice Restate Sarcasm Words
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 – 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 Rutherford, Paula. Why Didnt I Learn This In College? ASK Publications and Professional Development, Alexandria, Virginia Ramsey, Ed.D., Robert. 501 Tips for Teachers, McGraw Hill, New York