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Posted on March 2, 2013 12:49 am
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Zafer Unal
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Student calls home with a complaint
You are a middle school teacher. Kelly Illalot, a very capable, yet unmotivated girl, misses your class a lot, and therefore, has a low grade. She often goes to the sick room to rest, and complains of everything from headaches to menstrual cramps. Her parents come and get her every time she calls home with a complaint. How would you handle this situation?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted April 18, 2013 7:09 pm

ryZuSa
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To start, I would reach out to the student's parents to let them know your concern, and to make them aware that her frequent absences are having a negative impact on their child's academic performance and growth. It's probably appropriate to suggest a parent-teacher conference as well to keep the lines of communication open. Further, given the frequency of the students absences, I feel it's also appropriate to involve the school guidance counselor, to seek deeper evaluation/analysis as to what might be causing this problem.
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Sandee English
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I like your suggestions because it stresses the importance of communication between the parents and the teacher. Involving the guidance counselor is excellent because a situation like this may need a deeper look than a teacher can provide.
  Posted on: April 25, 2013 9:17 pm

ezaDyR
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Communication is key with parents and teachers. Whenever in doubt always ask for another opinion through a counselor or principal.
  Posted on: October 18, 2014 12:44 am

Chelsea
Chelsea
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I agree with this solution. Keeping the lines of communication open and friendly is the key to having a successful relationships with parents.
  Posted on: October 19, 2014 4:48 am

Brianne Blowers
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I think that communication with the parents and the guidance counselor could be the key to this situation.
  Posted on: October 19, 2014 10:12 pm

raWubu
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Getting together with the counselor and the parents will help make a plan for the student. I agree with this solution; everything is documented and there are multiple people with the student's best interest.
  Posted on: October 19, 2014 10:39 pm

Kady Schlemmer
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Open communication is always a good thing. Very thoughtful solution.
  Posted on: July 9, 2016 8:57 pm

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Solution 2
Posted March 2, 2013 6:00 pm

ebuquv
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I would contact the student's parents and attempt to resolve the issue by asking if Kelly has seen a doctor recently or if she has any medical conditions that the school is unaware of. I would inform the parents that I am concerned for Kelly's success and inform them that each time she leaves the classroom or goes home she is falling further behind in her academics. Maybe there is a reason why the parents are so quick to pick up their child that the teacher will not be aware of until the parents are contacted.
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Chelsea
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I agree that it is important to know what is going on with your students but I feel that asking about medical issues so openly could offend some parents. I think the best thing to do is try some new methods in teaching and see if it helps the students drive in class. If the problem persisted, I would then contact the parents and explain to them the issues that the frequent absences are causing.
  Posted on: October 19, 2014 4:46 am

eQyVuj
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I agree you must get in contact with the parents and express your concern. Additionally, explain how her missing all this school time can hinder their educational journey if this continues.
  Posted on: March 1, 2015 4:22 pm

Danielle Brock
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I agree with this case study. I will utilize this information once I become a teacher.
  Posted on: March 1, 2015 10:39 pm

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Solution 3
Posted March 12, 2015 3:33 pm

Jordan Najafi
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I would start by contacting the parents to see if there are health issues the school is not aware of. I would also suggest a conference in which an administrator and the school nurse were present. If the student is not 504 or hospital homebound eligible, I would stress to the parents the importance of keeping their student in class and the consequences and missed opportunities on learning of constantly being out.
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