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Posted on February 24, 2018 5:30 pm
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qunumy
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Unreachable Parent
I am dealing with a group of students who are off task and choosing to talk instead of work in class. The students have been redirected and informed that they need to stay on task and quit talking. When this does not work my first step is to contact the parents. Three of the students parents are unreachable due to phones being disconnected or wrong numbers. I don't know what I should do next.
 
     
     
 
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Posted February 24, 2018 9:13 pm

LuSaNa
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If the parents numbers are wrong I would double check with the main office if they got updated numbers and let them know of the situation. They should have the correct numbers. If not, I would try sending home a note stating you have the wrong number and want to discuss some stuff that happens in class.
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Solution 2
Posted February 25, 2018 4:07 pm

eSaPaz
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If you are finding the parents phone numbers are wrong or disconected i would contact the office to double check you have the correct number. I would then attempt to email the parents as another form of contact. If you are still unable to reach the parents then i would check with administration on what the next step would be.
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Solution 3
Posted February 25, 2018 1:08 am

Wendy
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I would go ahead and double check the contact information with the office, they may have a more reliable number or email address. If and when you are able to get into contact with the parents you may still find a lack of support for the current problem. I would try to come up with some consequences that may lessen the talking. You didn't mention the grade level, however if they are in elementary school the students who choose to chat during instructional or independent work time could give up their lunch period to sit and eat by themselves. The thinking here is that if they want to chat during your time, then they don't get to chat during their time. Consequences such as this may assist them in making better decisions.
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Solution 4
Posted February 25, 2018 1:39 am

eLaGag
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I would talk to administration to get their correct numbers or contact information, or just to have administration contact them instead. It's important to have a reliable line of communication with parents.
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Solution 5
Posted February 25, 2018 7:57 pm

PeWaje
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Hello,

I would try to connect with the students and see what the reason behind their behavior is. Maybe they're close friends and just have a lot to talk about. In this case, i would simply separate the students.
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Posted February 25, 2018 7:57 pm

PeWaje
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Hello,

I would try to connect with the students and see what the reason behind their behavior is. Maybe they're close friends and just have a lot to talk about. In this case, i would simply separate the students.
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Solution 7
Posted February 25, 2018 11:47 pm

ZeSuQy
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I would have a meeting with each student in that group before or after class to express that their constant talking and off task behavior is a disruption to not only their learning but the other students in the classroom. I would explain to them that there are appropriate times during class that they are allowed to talk and that when it is time to work independently then they need to get to work. I would also write a note home to notify the parents as well as send an email and ask for a conference. The final thing i would do would be to ask the office for an updated contact number because if the parents are disconnecting their numbers it is a safety issue that there is not an updated phone number on file in case of emergency. I would also reward the students when they exhibit on task behavior and do not talk unless it is time to talk. Positive reinforcement is always key.
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