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Posted on March 10, 2015 10:27 pm
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VadeQa
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When parents want control
A student in a high school gifted class has teetered between passing and not passing all year long. Most of his assignments are turned in late and done haphazardly. In a teacher/parent conference, the parents want to take complete control over the situation and ask that all assignments and due dates be emailed to them regularly so that they can make sure their son completes them. Little to no accountability is being placed on the teen. Do you sit idly by and go with their requests, or do you suggest a way to place some of the responsibility on the student?
 
     
     
 
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Posted March 12, 2015 2:31 pm

Jordan Najafi
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I have had this happen numerous times with my freshmen, whose parents are used to daily emails from middle school teachers. I explained to the parents that the student is in high school and will be held accountable for themselves. I also told the parent that the student received an agenda at the beginning of the school year to keep track of assignments and due dates. I also recommend that parents sign up for Remind 101 to receive text updates.
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Solution 2
Posted March 10, 2015 11:49 pm

emazag
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Sometimes it is better to work with the parents and give in a little to get what you want. Try giving the parents what they want, emailing them the assignments, but with a timeline where you will phase out the parent email as the student becomes more independent.
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Solution 3
Posted March 11, 2015 11:19 am

ezeDeZ
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I think that I would try to find a solution that involves both the parents and the student. This way the student is being held accountable for some responsibility and the parents can also check and manage the student's work. For example, enforcing use of a student planner by having signatures may be a way to include both parties. The student must write down all assignments and due dates, then the parents can sign that they have reviewed this information, and when the teacher receives the assignment he/she can sign off that it has been turned in. This is kind of elementary, but may actually work to hold the student accountable and teach responsibility.
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