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I am currently doing my

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I am currently doing my observations with a teacher who has taught 1st grade for 9 years but was a social worker for 20 years, she makes it her duty to make a phone call home at least once a week about classroom behavior. If the student is misbehaving more often than usual she calls home the very same night as the incident. Positive phone calls are a good way to keep the lines of communications with parents open, the parent will always know the progress that is being made.

High School Physics Teacher

Sounds great, but I have well

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Sounds great, but I have well over 200 students and only a prep period every other day which is not enough time to do even the bare minimum to be ready to reach my classes. The individual phone call is not practical for me and other teachers working under similar conditions.

Art teacher Middle and High School from western suburbs of Chicago.

I make what I've called

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I make what I've called "Elevator Calls." Early in the school year I let parents know that they may one day receive a call from me where I will share some good news about their student and then I tell them I'm hanging up the phone. By hanging up and preventing them from going into a discussion with me, usually the first person that parent shares the good news with is their child, giving them a great way to connect about a positive. I can't remember a time when the student didn't come back the next day and shared the sense of personal and parental pride that was experienced.

Principal at Mitzi Bond Elementary

The same magic is worked with

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The same magic is worked with a postcard. I write every student at least one personal postcard each school year. I ask all of my teachers to write a minimum of two postcards each week to students. The positive feedback is amazing!

Fantastic! As the retired

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Fantastic! As the retired principal of an at-risk school, our teachers were encouraged to send home Good News postcards. Not only was it great for the kids and parents, but whether you want to believe it or not, our mail carriers check out the postcards and spread the word in the neighborhood that a Good News card had arrived. The pats on the back from the neighbors helped all of us spread the glow.
The postcards went with me each day to our staff meeting and when we were sharing the positives from the day before, the cards were handed out to the teachers -- and any other staff member who had observed something he wanted to share.

SFUSD Environmental Science Center

[quote]I love, love, love

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[quote]I love, love, love this.

Everyone wants to be appreciated for who they are and what they have to offer, including kids--maybe them most of all.[/quote]

Community Manager at Edutopia

I love, love, love

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I love, love, love this.

Everyone wants to be appreciated for who they are and what they have to offer, including kids--maybe them most of all.

middle school technology teacher

We started something new at

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We started something new at our middle school...positive behavior referrals. Instead of sending a referral to the principal when someone misbehaves, we now have the option to send a referral for positive behavior. The principal meets up with each student to share it with them so they get recognition from the teacher and principal. This is then mailed home to parents. We have heard students talk about hanging these proudly on the refrigerator.

I did the positive phone call home when I was student teaching. I was so disappointed to find out some parents didn't share with their kids that I had called and had something great to say about them!

Teacher, Blogger - "Diary of a Public School Teacher", Global Collaborator

Fabulous Phone Call!

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Great article and I agree 100%!
It's free, takes very little time, and the effects are amazing. Try it! I created a coupon each student gets when they receive a phone call.
"Fabulous Phone Call:Go Ahead and Make Their Day!
http://oldschoolteach.blogspot.com/2012/08/fabulous-phone-call-go-ahead-...

8th Grades Spanish 1 Teacher in North Texas.

I Caught You Cards or Carta de Yo Te Vi!

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My old school used I caught you cards to send home for things that the students were caught doing positive. It could be they were on task, participating, helping another student, picking up trash, smiling a lot...whatever. I have created one in Spanish for my Spanish classes and am working on sending 5 home per week. If I do this, I will capture the whole class during the year. I would like to send more, but also want to make sure they are meaningful.

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