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Strategy #1: To create routines and procedures...establish a communication system

Story:  Andrea’s efforts to encourage parents to call her with questions about their children’s work were beginning to pay off! They were so successful that she was beginning to feel overwhelmed when she checked her voicemail at the end of the school day. She found it very helpful to have ongoing communication with parents about individual students, but the time it took to return phone calls was filling her planning time. As she explained to her mentor, “Pat, I’m facing a dilemma. I don’t want to discourage parents from contacting me because it would seem contradictory to what I’ve been encouraging them to do. But at the same time, I need to spend my after-school and evening time getting ready for the following day. How do I choose?”

Talk about...

  • Does Andrea need to choose between promoting ongoing parent contact and planning time?
  • What are some possible approaches to managing her dilemma?

The Student work folders and Dialogue journals tools might help Andrea and Pat explore alternative approaches.