Quick Tip: Angry Parents
Dealing with angry parents is part of the job. We’re here to educate and not make everyone happy. Step 1 is to be proactive and respectful from the beginning. Usually a parent becomes angry or hostile for a clear reason that usually has to do with their child being unfairly treated or for needs not being met. Developing a respectful and collaborative partnership can help to avoid the drama of conflict. Although if the parent is not happy about something with their child, don’t take it personally—just take care of it. It is human nature for a parent to protect their child. Most of the time they are simply advocating for their child—which is what any of us would do. However, sometimes…some parents are just a little off their rocker. The main rules to remember is to never show fear, always remain strong and composed, and never let any parent or student “get under your skin.” If you have tried to be proactive, reasonable and respectful…respectfully END the discussion, get out of the situation and go straight to the office. Finally, ask for an administrator to be in any future meetings with that parent.
“What We Believe”
We are a group of teachers who believe that teaching is a noble profession.
Our primary focus is on our students, their learning, our personal reflection and the refinement of our skills.
We recognize every child’s ability to make extraordinary learning gains and advocate for their right to a high quality education, regardless of their gender, race, family culture, or socioeconomic status.
We will teach each child in a positive and constructive learning environment, and recognize that developing their character is the precursor to a balanced learning community and academic achievement.
We recognize our potential to impact and transform our students’ lives when our heart is in the right place and our strategies and instruction are succinct.
We think positively, focus on finding solutions, and complete tasks without drama.
We believe in working smarter by thinking smarter, sharing resources, ideas and a collective higher vision for what is possible for our students.
We recognize that teachers, students, parents, administration, and community members are all a part of the collective solution to each child’s success. Therefore we remain modest and cooperative through collaboration.
We will work to recognize our team players with gratitude and foster a climate of cooperation, productive problem solving, and proactive planning for success.
Whereas we love recognition, we realize that is not our purpose for teaching. We are here for the kids and not the accolades. Recognition is found in our students’ accomplishments.
We strive to find balance between our school and home lives. We recognize that finding this balance will allow us to stay in our positions where we can continue to make a positive impact.
We share a positive vision and strategies that transform our students’ lives, and in turn, our lives as empowered educators.