It is very early in the year and I am having trouble getting students to remember what material to bring to class and while greeting them at the door and reminding them of what they need. I have noticed that the students who have already entered the class are not getting started on work, but are sitting at their seats waiting for me to tell them what to do. I have decided that I am going to choose a procedure or behavior each week to focus on and reward that behavior with a positive "phone call" home. The positive parent contacts not only improve upon the execution of procedural behavior by the students, but also help to build those positive relationships. Let's face it, parents do not get enough good calls from school. I am a parent and I haven't received such a call for either of my children in a very long time; so long that I really can't remember when or if I have ever received one. How do you make time for phone calls when you have so many students?
How it works for me
How do i find the time to make all of those calls?
Since I am focusing on a single behavior for that week, I wrote one positive text message:
"Nathan earned a positive "phone call" home today for being on task before I had to ask. He is really learning the middle school routines and is standing out as a top scholar!" I copy and paste the message, changing the name, and text the message to each parent along with the photo of the board for that day. I can make about 5-10 "phone calls in 10 minutes.