How to solve six tough parent problems
Cheli Cerra, Ruth Jacoby, www.scholastic.com
Just because you’re a new teacher doesn’t mean you can’t handle difficult parent problems like an old pro. All it takes is good communication skills and a little tact. To help you head off potential problems before they arise or successfully deal with them if they do, we’ve outlined some typical parent-teacher conflicts and paired them with action plans. The scenarios are drawn from our book Teacher Talk! (Jossey-Bass 2005). Implement these strategies when the time is right, and you’ll find parents responding positively to your confidence, abilities, and willingness to establish a friendly rapport.