Tips from Veteran Teachers on Dealing with Parents

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Call home or send a postcard to parents as soon as possible letting them know how enthusiastic you are about having their child in class.

Be sure to state that you want parents to call you if they experience a problem. I have yet to find a parent who doesn't tell a teacher to do the same. Besides, students are less likely to misbehave once they realize you and parents "know each other". (Although this is substantially more work at the middle or high school level, the positive results make it worth the effort).

Charmaine Wierzbicki
Calumet High School
Gary, Indiana

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