WORKING WITH PARENTS My attitude toward every parent whose child I taught was and still is this: I always told them, ” I work for you first. This is your child who spends a greater part of daylight with me. I work for the school second. Call, email or text me for any question you have about your child’s work and experiences in school that I can help with. If I do something you consider wrong, or if I anger you in any way, feel free to let me know. You can vent on me, if you want, and we can sort it out. If I am wrong, I will apologize and set things right. We both care about your child and I want you to know I respect you as a parent and it is your right to be a part of what I do for your child.” This is why I have always had a great relationship with the parents. They knew I respected them, considered them very important to my work. This made them also feel empowered to care more for their kid’s work. YES, I have been told a few things from parents and I have apologized rightly so, and I have a couple of friendships as a result. In IEP meetings I steered away from legal jargon and spoke with usual language about goals and objectives and placement and all that stuff. I chose to respect their point of view for meetings–” Just tell me in plain language what is going on and where we go from here. I can’t stay awake for the special vocabulary you folks use in your profession. Thank you very much.” Just wanted to share that.

via WORKING WITH PARENTS My attitude toward every parent whose child I taught was and still is this: I always told them, ” I work for you first. This is your child who spends a greater part of daylight with me. I work for the school second. Call, email or text me for any question you have about your child’s work and experiences in school that I can help with. If I do something you consider wrong, or if I anger you in any way, feel free to let me know. You can vent on me, if you want, and we can sort it out. If I am wrong, I will apologize and set things right. We both care about your child and I want you to know I respect you as a parent and it is your right to be a part of what I do for your child.” This is why I have always had a great relationship with the parents. They knew I respected them, considered them very important to my work. This made them also feel empowered to care more for their kid’s work. YES, I have been told a few things from parents and I have apologized rightly so, and I have a couple of friendships as a result. In IEP meetings I steered away from legal jargon and spoke with usual language about goals and objectives and placement and all that stuff. I chose to respect their point of view for meetings–” Just tell me in plain language what is going on and where we go from here. I can’t stay awake for the special vocabulary you folks use in your profession. Thank you very much.” Just wanted to share that.

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