Build a team with a student's family while communicating a concern.
Communicate with classroom families
Build a team with parents
Mutually decide goals
Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Elizabeth, communicates with the parents of her students with Facebook all throughout the day.
Plan support for student
But once in while Mrs. Elizabeth has some concerns that are best expressed in person so she reaches out to set a meeting with the parents at a good time for them. She tells them all of the things she enjoys and appreciates about Mason and asks how they think that he is doing. They explain that dad is about to be deployed for one year and Mason is struggling with that.
Set high expectations
Mrs. Elizabeth says she knows that Mason is struggling because his usual A's and B's are getting scarce and it seems like he has retreated into video games to deal with his feelings. Mrs. E explains that she wants to help them support Mason during this rough time and suggests that she and the parents team up to brainstorm some ways to do that together. Together, they agree to set a plan in place to help get Mason some positive reinforcement by getting his grades back up.
A plan is set for Mason to bring up his grades. He will collect stickers on a sticker chart (the graphics based on his favorite video game, can be computer printout) for each grade above a “C” that he earns. As he earns these “points” (stickers) he is working towards goals and is awarded non-tangible awards. His mother is on board with the plan. She offers awards at home, such as lunch at the local pizza parlor, going to the park, etc.
Mrs. E and Mason's parents agree that he is a great kid and he will build essential resilience through this difficult time with the help of his best supporters.
As Mason earns these points and awards, his grades improve. Mrs. E takes pictures of Mason with his most recent test score above a “C” and sends it, through Messenger, to his parents, so that dad may see his son doing well while he is deployed.