Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Communicating With Parents About Behavior

You can consider this blog Part 2 from my previous blog on color changes.  You may want to go back and read that one before reading this.  
Here’s how I communicate with parents about their child’s daily behavior.  At the end of the day, students get to have “privilege time” (I also have a privilege time blog you can check out to see how it works in more detail).  Students are allowed an extra 15 minutes at the end of the day to have some free time, if they have earned it.  A color change results in a loss of privilege time where the student is responsible for filling out a “Changing Your Behavior” sheet.  This sheet asks questions about why the student changed his/her color, what the child should’ve done, and what they will do next time.

This sheet is sent home in their daily folders so parents have a detailed explanation of the infraction that occurred.  This eliminates extra phone calls or emails from parents wanting to know why their child was in trouble (and frees you up for more grading... yay).  It’s also a great way for the student to reflect on their behavior, and plan ways to change it.
To download some resources on how to communicate students' behavior with parents, click here.
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