Strategy #1: To provide informative one-way communication...outline the lines of communication available
Story: For the
fourth Monday in a row, Sam, one of Janet's 4th graders, did not bring
back his work folder that was sent home the previous Friday. On top of
that, Sam was distracting others who did have their work with
them. Janet had already talked with Sam about ways to remind himself to
bring the folder back, but each week there was a different excuse. When she called his home to enlist his parents' help, she was surprised
to hear the confusion in Mrs. Sternberg's voice, "Work folder?
I'm not sure what you mean..." As Janet reported this incident to
her mentor, Ray, she commented, "How could she not know about my
work folder system? I say something about it in my newsletter every week!"
- What are possible reasons Sam's
mother was not aware of the work folder system?
- What are different ways Janet could help parents learn about daily and weekly routines?
The Lines of communication tool could help Janet and Ray think this issue through.