Dread Calling Parents??? Try This!

For a long time, calling parents was difficult for me because I knew the calls upset the parents. I felt awkward in a dynamic where the parent was embarrassed and many times defensive. I dreaded making those calls: when you don’t have good news for a parent, the calls just don’t feel very good. This changed when I became familiar with a concept —- you only have authority if you are under authority. That became the key to positive calls. Most of a teacher’s authority over a student, comes from the good manners and high expectations taught and reinforced in the home. When I had a misbehaving student whose behavior didn’t improve with the school’s discipline plan, I had a private conversation that went like this:  (Click on the Picture Below)

Janet McCoy


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