I've written up a Behavior Intervention Plan, or BIP, for Jerry, which outlines how we'll proceed in the coming weeks and months to address these issues.
Remember to state the issue as clearly as possible, as well as some documentation of the issues and the intervention plan. This will reassure parents that the teacher is attempting to solve an issue, not punish their child due to some personal problem with the student.
Jerry has talked to his friends in class frequently out of turn, and also used profanity both during normal participation in activities and during my lecture time. I have documented these incidents here.
Although you can use your personal laptop or other screens to display documentation, a few hard copy printouts can also be helpful for parents to read.
Students who have behavioral issues are often behind on their assigned work as well, and since one on one meetings are rarer for foreign staff in China it is a good time to bring missing assignments as well.
Also, here's an Excel sheet showing just Jerry's assignment turn-ins; I've hidden the other students. He is missing these assignments.
While these are serious behavior issues that need to be addressed, don't be too harsh on Jerry. It is very important that even if he is grounded, he still feels affirmed and heard in this discussion. Try to engage Jerry during a time when he is relaxing and listen to any issues he is having in school.
Remember to communicate clearly what the parent/guardian can do to address these issues.
Hi Jerry, I talked to your mom about what we went over last time we spoke...
Remember to follow up with the student after talking with the parents. Inform the student of all the behavioral goals.
When parents understand how to address behavior issues without simply judging or punishing their children, and teachers make the students' needs and interests feel affirmed and respected, a growth-minded classroom atmosphere flourishes!
Together we can address behavioral issues and motivate teachers, students, and parents to achieve and feel affirmed in school!