What do you wish parents knew?

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Registered: 11-18-2008
What do you wish parents knew?
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Wed, 09-08-2010 - 2:31pm

As teachers, do you send home those letters at the beginning of the school year explaining your schedule, policies and expectations from parents and students?

We got those from each teacher this year and DH had a bit of fun reading through them and "translating" for me "What she really meant was..." It got me thinking: What would you really like to tell parents?

For example, I imagine that my daughter's teacher might like to tell parents that she has all 5 of the ESL students in her classroom this year, so they might be moving slower than planned.

I asked DH the same question and he said "I'd tell them I'm highly discouraged from labeling a student as Special Ed -- even when they clearly are -- because of budget restraints."

Is there anything you remain tight-lipped about that you wish you could tell parents? Or something as simple as "I can tell which parents read with their children and which ones don't!"

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Wed, 09-08-2010 - 10:49pm

LOL! I had a principal once that constantly told up to never mention that the child might have a medical or learning issue

Sherry

 

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Thu, 09-09-2010 - 3:35pm
Oh gosh Sherry - reading that was the highlight of my day! So funny and true!
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Registered: 06-13-2008
Thu, 09-09-2010 - 8:42pm

As a HS teacher, I send home a syllabus, but I have to make it a grade in order to guarantee it gets signed, though not read, by the parents. What would I really tell them though?

1. Doing your kids' work really does NOT benefit them. And yes, we know when you do. If only we could prove it...
2. Yelling at/Arguing with teachers when your child is wrong (cheating) again does not benefit them. How do they learn right from wrong if you teach them to be defensive rather than apologize?
3. Your child needs encouragement. They need to know that YOU believe education for education's sake is important. Set an example. A good one.

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Registered: 04-07-2002
Sat, 09-11-2010 - 7:26pm

There is something that I wish parents, and every other adult who's not a teacher, knew: teaching well is extraordinarily difficult and not just anyone can do it.

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Registered: 11-05-2006
Sat, 09-11-2010 - 8:42pm

There are several parents in my past that I would love to tell them that when they are making excuses for their child's behavior or their poor performance and being the squeaky wheel to the point that someone higher up decides they are too much of a pain to deal with and ask me

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