Attached are my target zones for the “Awareness & Desire” assignment. Looking forward to seeing everyone else’s!
I make positive parent contacts every Friday. This forces me to end my week on a positive note. I use my prep, lunch time, or even use passing time (or class time!) to send a quick text. Sometimes I have students I want to focus on and sometimes I ask my class. I usually pick my most frustrating period and just ask, "Who needs a positive call home today?" A lot of times, kids who I may not have picked want that call. Sometimes they are trying to get on mom or dad's good side for the weekend! This forces me to come up with something positive and pushes me out of the comfort zone. Phone calls from schol often put parents in their panic zone but the more we do it, the better it gets. Here's how my Friday calls go- "Hi, this is Jaysa Fillmore from Cassia High School. Your son/daughter is in my ______ class. I was just calling to tell you today that I really appreciate having your child in class. This week/today, your child… did really well on the quiz, took an extra interest in what we are learning about, turned in all her assignments on time, etc. Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that you have a great kid and I like having them in class!"
I love it, Jaysa! I never would have thought of just being forward in asking, “Does anyone need a positive call today?” It shows the whole class body you are striving to be proactive & give everyone an opportunity to share their bests of the week. I’ll have to keep these at the ready for this coming year, in addition to the semi-scripted call dialogue. The goal, of course, is to move away from a written prompt in front of me & become more comfortable verbalizing them impromptu & from a professional heart.
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