Lesson Planning Advice from Veteran Teachers

Browse the wisdom of experienced teachers on how to best plan and execute lessons – the core of your professional world. These tips span all subject areas and grade levels. New teachers will find this resource particularly valuable and will benefit immensely from learning the tricks of more seasoned veterans.

Lack of Parent Involvement

The parent who never shows up for a meeting, can’t be reached by phone, and returns few if any written notes has clearly given up. It might be too late, but just in case it isn’t, be persistent. Continue to make phone calls. Write notes for the child to take home. Send a weekly or monthly postcard through the mall. Be positive! This parent can’t take any more bad news about the child’s behavior. Find something good to say. Write,”Joe has a beautiful smile. It really brightens my day.” You don’t have to add that he only smiled once in a week full of cursing, vandalizing, and fighting. Or, “Mark’s handwriting is really improving.” Don’t include the fact that you haven’t finished counting the number of items he has defaced with profane language while practicing his handwriting. If the parent never shows signs of taking an interest, it is sad for the child. This is even more reason for the teacher to provide a nurturing as well as disciplined classroom.The child can benefit from the care and teaching he or she receives at school. Helping the child learn to function in society as a whole no matter what the rules at home might be is a must.

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