How to Interact with Parents as a Teacher

How to Interact with Parents as a Teacher
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This scene depicts a model of how to approach parents about a student who received a low test score. The aim is to communicate the results to the parent and build a strong teacher-parent partnership for setting high expectations and positive reinforcement to achieve mutually-decided goals.

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  • Recently, my student David had a low score on his mid-term exam for ninth grade Ancient World History. I want to inform his mom, Linda, about his score. We have already met before at the parent-teacher conference at the start of the year.
  • First, I want to schedule an appointment with Linda by calling her over the phone.
  • Perfect, I'll see you then!
  • ...Sure, how about Wednesday evening at 7pm? 
  • Then, I'm going to prepare as much data as possible to show to Linda in the meeting, in case she has further questions. I'll bring his student portfolio, recent "great" test scores, recent assignment grades. I'll also have a plan ready to talk about next steps.
  • Hello, Linda! It's so nice to see you again!
  • *say something positive about David to set the right tone.
  • *bright smile, firm handshake. 
  • David looks so much like you! You know, he has incredibly insightful comments in class.
  • David, as you know, is extremely creative and passionate about history. *gestures to student portfolio.* I wanted to update you about his recent test score early on, so we can set some goals together to support him in class. 
  • He scored 62% which is 35% lower than his previous quiz score and 27% lower than his first quiz, so it breaks from the pattern of his overall progress.
  • Oh no! What was his score?
  • It happens to the best of us. In that case, I wonder if you could help me by reminding him when an important test or quiz is coming up, so he remembers to study. 
  • Well, sometimes he gets distracted playing video games. I think he may have forgot there was an exam. 
  • Sure, I can help with that, no problem!
  • Of course! I'll also put you in contact with other members of our school that could help support David outside of class such as tutors, Speech & Language specialists, and Occupational Therapists. I'll also alert you when David will be tested in the future. With us working together, David's performance can only improve!
  • Awesome! I'm happy to hear how much we both want David to be successful in future assessments.   
  • Could you keep me informed about David's performance?
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