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 runnin...See More