Friday, October 24, 2014

Academic FYI #5 Reading- Classroom Management- Parent Chats

A very wet and at times dreary week for us here at the Valley. I would like to commend all of you for your professionalism and compassion this week as we dealt with some unfortunate issues.

While the weather looks to be breaking it is still a good time to remember the relaxation a good book brings. Whether it be alone or in the classroom reading is critical to all our success as individuals and the district.

Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend!

This week in the FYI:
  • A simple 6 traits Writing Rubric any teacher can use regardless of their discipline can use
  • A helpful and quick article on dealing with difficult students: 5 Tips for Teaching the Tough Kids
  • And just in time for sending progress reports home: one article on creating Positive Parent Conferences and one quick article on The Power of the Positive Phone Call Home

A simple, easy and time tested writing rubric for all teachers in any disciplines:

A helpful  and to the point article on dealing with some of the more challenging (I don’t love the term “tough” ) students in your classes in a very positive way:

We just sent Progress reports home and 1st term grades will be closing November 21st. You can expect that some parents will contact you or you will contact them well before the January 29th Parent’s Nights. Keep some of these tips in mind during your phone calls and Face to Face conversations:

Finally don’t forget to call or email home for the students who are doing great things. Those conversations go along way too.  Sometimes we are so preoccupied with the students who are doing the wrong things that we tend to forget about praising the ones who are doing things right:

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