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I have had a very difficult year with a few parents this year. I have had a lower/challenging class and I have noticed that some teachers have an easier time making parents like them or at least not making them dislike/making them mad. Do any of you veteran (or other) teachers have any tips you have learned over the years about how to handle parents, esp. of low children? I notice that if the child is doing well then the parent likes/loves me. If the child is a struggler/low student sometimes the parent lashes out/dislikes/wants to blame me. I did not have a good mentor at all for my first year of teaching. My principal just explained to me this year not to mention the word retention at all in at-risk and other parent meetings. No one, not even my teacher education program had ever taught that to me.

Yesterday I had a difficult angry parent meeting with the parents and my principal (who is wonderful/backs her teachers 100% thank-goodness). of a boy who ended up as a 1/2 runni...See More
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Ellie Mae I am very sorry that you have had this bad expericience. Unfortantly, moments like that sometimes are part of our job. I'd like to address a few things you said.

1) Concerning your lack of a mentor. Everyone needs someone. I had a poor mentor my first year. Several times she came to me. I found myself an "unoffical mentor". This woman is ...See More
Dec 7, 2008
teachinNC Thank-you so much for your encouraging post. I have not had home internet for a while as there is some glitch with the cable company and I just got it. Thank-you so much for your support. You are right, I have felt hurt and discouraged this year. Hopefully, things will get better with experience.

On 12/07/08, Ellie Mae wrote: > I am ve...See More
Dec 15, 2008
teachinNC I invited the mom and dad of this situaton to come to our Christmas party before the break. (Instead of avoiding/hiding from the). We chatted some. I pretended she didn't dislike me and for my part and I tried. I think it helped. I felt that "choosing love" would be the best thing....taking the high road. We'll see how it goes! I am feeling a bit m...See More
Jan 2, 2009
suzy Sounds like she is trying to take the high road also. Hope this all works out well for everyone involved.

On 1/02/09, teachinNC wrote: > I invited the mom and dad of this situaton to come to our > Christmas party before the break. (Instead of avoiding/hiding > from the). We chatted some. I pretended she didn't dislike me > and ...See More
Jan 2, 2009
Andrea i really feel for you. Last year was my second year of teaching high school math. I had previously taught a section of algebra that was supposed to be "accelerated" for students to take in the 8th grade and thus be a year ahead. This was leading to all kinds of problems.. some kids were being placed in this program due to their parents complaints b...See More
Jan 4, 2009


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