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ERIC Number: EJ888620
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
10 Tips to Help Deal with Difficult Parents Effectively
Gruber, Barbara; Gruber, Sue
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v74 n3 p50-52 Nov 2008
It's natural for parents to want the best for their child. Unfortunately, almost every teacher is faced with an irate parent at some time. Dealing with an angry or unreasonable parent is upsetting and time consuming. It can be easy for them to make excuses and blame others for their child's troubles. This article offers tips to help teachers resolve difficult situations with parents. These include: (1) Let upset parents know that one's goal is to help every child succeed; (2) Be sensitive!; (3) Good records that document dates, times, notes, and decisions about students can be invaluable; (4) Be proactive!; (5) Be prepared to give specific examples; (6) If a parent asks a teacher a question that floors him/her, one shouldn't be put on the spot; (7) Don't be afraid to end a meeting with parents who become confrontational; (8) It's awkward when parents share too much information with a teacher; (9) Sometimes neighborhood issues spill over into the classroom; (10) Watch for parents who hover relentlessly; and (11) Be prepared for a worst case scenario.
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Language: English
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