Reflection: Parent Communication 1-Dimensional Motion Test - Section 3: Test Collection, Grading, & Communication


Parent communication is probably one of my strongest attributes as a teacher.  I am always available, and I think my family might say I'm sometimes too available.  I like to err on the side of caution though, and when in doubt I always contact parents.  

I've called parents for a wide variety of reasons......good behavior, bad behavior, good test grades, bad test grades, but when I recently called the parent of a "problem student" I had an extremely awkward encounter.  This student was having a super tough time in class that day, and I finally asked him to step outside so we could call his mom or dad from his cell phone.  (Side note:  I always like to hold the student accountable and have him call the parent and say "my teacher wants to talk to you...." and, I notice parents almost always answer when it's their kid calling!)  The student REFUSED to call, so I went into the room and after the bell rang, called the first number that was listed in our database.  The number was to the father, and after I identified myself and said I had an issue I needed to discuss with him, he responded:  "I'm done with that kid.  Don't ever call me again."  As if that wasn't bad enough, the parent then HUNG UP on me!!!  

The (short version) story ends with all being well and me getting some answers through emails with mom, but being hung up on and such harsh words used about the kid was a first for me.  It taught me a lot about what that student was going through and reminded me to teach from a place of compassion.

  Call a parent, get hung up on?
  Parent Communication: Call a parent, get hung up on?
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1-Dimensional Motion Test

Unit 1: 1-D Kinematics
Lesson 9 of 9

Objective: Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of 1-dimensional motion on the Unit 1 test.

Big Idea: What is the breadth of our linear motion knowledge? Today, students take a summative assessment on 1-d motion!

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