A first grade teacher, Mrs. Jordan, begins to think about her student John Doe after class. She recalls that academically John is on grade level in some areas/subjects and above average in other subjects. However, after taking a look at John’s assessments and test scores, she notices a decline academically since the beginning of the year. Mrs. Jordan has also noticed that John has begun to misbehave in class by talking during lessons and making unnecessary loud noises to distract other students. Mrs. Jordan prepares an action plan for John that gives him incentive to practice behaving more appropriately. The action plan works seldomly and Mrs. Jordan decides it is time to reach out to John’s parents before to make them aware of John’s conduct.
Parent Teacher Relationships in Times of Strife
John is a first grade student who has recently started struggling behaviorally in class. His teacher has attempted many things but is not finding success and has decided to meet with the parents.
Mrs. Jordan called John's family at home to schedule a visit.
Would you be available to meet tomorrow at 5?
Yes, that sounds good to me.
Please come in. My husband isn't here right now, he is applying for jobs at the library.
I am sorry to hear that, it must be stressful with your husband out of work.
John is really struggling. I have tried putting him close to me, giving her verbal warnings and offering positive reinforcement. What works for you at home?
We often take away or offer video game or TV time for good behavior. Is there a way you can let me know if he is acting out so I can follow up at home?
Yes! I can send you a quick email at the end of the day to let you know how his day was 1-10. I would like to have a meeting to make sure we are all on the same page, are you comfortable with that?
Yes. This has been a rough patch for all of us and I want to help John as much as possible.