A student is struggling with in-class behavior and Mrs. E needs to talk to her parents.
Communicate with class families
I love having Bella in my class.
Build a team with parents
But she is having a bit of trouble at the moment...
Mutually decide goals
Let's make a plan together!
Mrs. E is very emotionally responsive to her students and their parents. She keeps in touch all day with photos on Facebook. Sometimes she sends pictures to the whole class and sometimes just to one family.
Build Support for the student
Let's use the cozy corner!
But Bella is only 5 and she is having in difficulty in class. This is her first experience in school and every day, she is being defiant, hurting other children and causing chaos. Mrs. E sends reports home so the parents are aware of her behavior. Mrs. E reaches out to Bella’s parents for a conference. She communicates, through e-mail, that she would like to meet with them for a conference, giving them two choices for days and times.
Set High Expectations
Bella has been acting up at home, too, and this is unusual. You determine that Bella may be stressed because of the large class size and never having been in school before. Together, you come up with a plan to help Bella manage her emotions.
Bella can sit in the Cozy Corner when she is feeling overwhelmed, rather than acting out in harming other students. She may also go to the Mr. Rogers corner (a Mr. Fred Rogers-themed Cozy Corner where she may write/draw her feelings) as needed.
Bella also goes to “Check in/Check out” every day where she keeps account of her goals for each day, along with a point system, and if goals were met. When she goes to Check in/ Check out, she discusses her day with the teachers who are in charge of that support. She is awarded stickers and PBIS-based “school dollars” that she can use to buy small prizes at the school store. The paper used every day to record her goals and if she met them or not is sent home each day for parents to see.
Mrs. E and Bella's parents plan communication with the classroom Facebook page. Mrs. E will send pictures to the parents of Bella having good days with classmates. Bella is also given the opportunity to be Teacher Helper and this builds her confidence in class. Bella loves to see the pictures on her mom's phone.