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Posted on October 2, 2015 11:42 pm
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reHuSe
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Communicating With Uninvolved Parents
How do you deal with parents who don't respond to email, phone calls, letters, notes, conferences about their studnets?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 3, 2015 1:15 am

Tamupy
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When communicating with uninvolved parents/guardians I would make sure to contact them regarding something positive their child has done in school. Parents sometimes assume that teachers are calling regarding something negative so the teacher needs to make sure this is communicated in the voice mail, email, etc. Also, find out which method of communication and what time is best is best for the parent. The teacher may have to make a phone call on the weekend.
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reHuSe
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Contacting parents for good reasons is a very good way to establish a relationship with them. It shows you care about students. it's just that i've noticed some parents wont get involved no matter what they do.
  Posted on: October 3, 2015 8:52 am

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Solution 2
Posted October 3, 2015 7:53 pm

puLaGu
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I think it is important to still try and communicate with the parents/guardian as much as possible. Like others have stated I would start each conversation with something positive about the student. I would try and bring little notes home to try and involve the parents more in the school. I would also make sure to let the parent know that my door is always open seeing as many parents have full time jobs or might only be one parent in the picture.
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Solution 3
Posted October 3, 2015 5:06 pm

Qebysu
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In a situation like this I may speak to my administration and ask for their opinion. I say this because even though I don't want to jump to conclusions, depending on the student it may be evidence of a difficult home situation. If this ends up being the case I would need to be understanding about the lack of communication.
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Solution 4
Posted October 4, 2015 6:21 pm

HaLyvy
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I've learned in my recent internships that many times parents think that when they are receiving notes home, or phone calls or emails, that it due to a negative matter. If we can change that, and try and focus on giving positive feedback to the parents, maybe parents will want to be more involved.
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Solution 5
Posted October 4, 2015 8:38 pm

Alyssa McGee
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Many times parents who are uninvolved don't do it intentionally they either do it because they have just let life get in the way and become too busy or because they have only received negative communication about their child from teachers in the past so make sure you are contacting them about positive things about their child not just negative.
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Solution 6
Posted October 4, 2015 2:33 am

aqaRus
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Try every option possible! Send home notes, email, phone call or even text. If none of these are working ask the student why the parents are reluctant to respond or if they are even getting your messages. Some where you might have mixed up contacts with someone else.
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