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Old 11-03-2012, 05:00 AM
 
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I have had a situation regarding 'communication' with a parent that is really bothering me! I teach in a childcare center and have 24 children between the ages of 4 and 5. It is REALLY difficult to 'teach' where I am (my opinion) because there are so many inconsistencies regarding shifting children--having a coteacher that doesn't really like 'teaching' or says "I don't believe in that" when discussing philosophies etc...I'm pretty much on my own if I have an issue that I hope to improve regarding development or strategy. I have to add that I am a perfectionist-TypeA personality AND I'm completing an internship this semester for B-K education. Next semester I will student teach in my own classroom for the NC B-K teaching license. So, I am trying really hard to make my class the best it can be. I am trying to do the best job I can with my strategies and curriculum--I don't want to be a crappy teacher! So, with 24 children that are dropped off at daycare between 6:30 am and picked up by 6:00 I do not have the ability to speak directly to each parent. Well--I type up memos and bulletins and always post information on my parent-communication board but had one parent complain about my communication for our Halloween parade. It is REALLY bothering me bc I feel that I go out of my way for the parents in my room (way more than other teachers in this place I know that)--I even gave these people my personal # in case they had a question or concern when I am not there (that was a mistake by the way lol). Well the situation I'm speaking of involved a parent that drops a child off anywhere between 10-11 daily--usually dad drops off sometimes its mom. Anyway, for our Halloween parade children had to be dressed and ready to go by 9:45. I had a BIG note posted on my board right beside of the pen parents have to pick up to sign their children in/out a week in advance. There was also a note posted on each door entering/exiting right at eye-level. Well, this parent is also friends with myself and other teachers and she posted that No one told her about the parade--I responded that I have had a note posted on my board for a week-she then responded that she didn't need a post she needed communication. That really got my blood boiling actually b/c it seems as if she doesn't appreciate exactly what I am doing for her as a 'daycare' teacher. I post bulletins regularly discussing developmental goals and academic goals we are working--I make take home materials for letters/sounds, sightwords, numbers/counting, and I am making a digital portfolio for my kids none of which is REQUIRED--I buy almost all of my supplies for activities we are doing= and we do a lot...I look in this child's folder and she has weeks worth of materials still in it (they aren't checking it). So-I need to know--what can I do to improve communication--I can't speak to each parent regarding EVERYthing we are doing bc they don't come in at consistent times--and usually I'm busy TEACHING when they come in late in the day---I want to improve if the problem is with me but I just don't know what else to do! Advice?


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Old 11-03-2012, 08:45 AM
 
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sending emails to the parents instead of paper copies? I know this works for some of my families while others like hard copies of our newsletters and bulletins. If you send emails, you at least have a record of the materials being sent if she says she hasn't been told about something.

Personally, I would think your families would be grateful for all the things you are doing. Sounds like you are doing a tremendous job and really care about your students.
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First of all your students are VERY fortunate that you care so much. There are always some people that we can NEVER make happy. I sometimes wonder if they get some kind of happiness out of finding things to complain about....
We do use email for newsletters at my school. It works really well because I email to all the adults who are involved (since our day is just 9-2, I have lots of grandparents who drop off/pick up). I also send reminders when the kids are supposed to do something special like the parade and I even put key words in the reference line so if parents see the email on their phone or something they will open it. I mainly do all this because I don't want the child to be left out of something just because his/her parents don't read the papers in the folder, etc.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:48 PM
 
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Don't let it bother you. There will always been parents who do not take responsibility for themselves or their children.

Each of my students has a notebook that goes in their backpack. I glue the daily note (what we did, information and parenting tips) in each notebook.

I also had a parent complain (in the notebook) that she was angry no one told her about the party and.............. yada yada yada.
I responded: read entries on 10-12, 10-18 and 10-24.
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:44 AM
 
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Valone--that is an excellent idea..and that is similar to what happened to me..when the parent responded that nobody told her about the halloween parade directions (time-wear constume etc) I told her that the note had been up for over a week--she got angry and said she didn't need a note posted she needed communication...I guess I should just forget about it--maybe she is just stressed out or something...Parent communication is important and considering I will need an idea for my Action Research Project for next semester (Student-Teaching in my own room) I think it's worth looking into--thanks everybody for all of your input and ideas--I will certainly be utilizing them


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Old 11-04-2012, 08:57 AM
 
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I had the same "type of Parent" at our school. We would post serveral large printed posters/calendars inside their take home folders about upcomming events. I even had the child tell his parents about them...I would make a necklace and write the event on a poster board cut out-for their son to wear home...It finally stop her complaining. she hasn't came to us since!
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:21 AM
 
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events or information we print it out on to colored paper and cut it into strips. Then we tape it around the child's arm like a bracelet. We tell the students that only mom or dad (or whichever adult they live with) can remove it.
We also have daily folders that go home with all the information too.
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