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Read Chapter 15 – Working to Resolve Conflict prior to starting this assignment (Chapter 15 does not have its own folder within this course – lecture notes are attached) 

Objective: To create a self-improvement plan and to evaluate your plan. 

Scenario: You are a first-year teacher who is dreading an upcoming conference with the parents of one of your children, William. The last time you met with his parents, you brought up the fact that William needed to improve his social skills. You mentioned that he often teased and occasionally hit his classmates during playtime. The parents responded with raised voices and said that he is well-behaved at home and you should do a better job of disciplining him in the classroom—that was your job. You became defensive, and then the parents became defensive in turn, with everyone leaving the meeting in a huff. Your center director, having seen the parents storm out of the room, called you aside and asked you to reflect on how you might have handled the situation differently. She also suggested that you reflect on the idea of “hostility as a mask.” Next, she asked you to develop strategies for remaining calm and in control at your next meeting. She concluded by recommending that you make a self-improvement plan to address all three issues. 

Assignment: Create a plan for self-improvement in which you address behaving defensively with parents. Identify three questions that will help you reflect on your reaction and how you can handle similar situations better next time. Second, think deeply about the various dimensions of hostility, and write a paragraph in which you examine hostility from a psychological perspective. Last, write three strategies for remaining calm and professional when you are involved in potentially difficult conversations with parents in the future.

Chapter 15

Working to Resolve Challenging Attitudes and Behaviors

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Preview Questions

What are helpful teacher attitudes when encountering challenging parents?

What are helpful teacher behaviors when working with challenging parents?

What are some common sources of tension between teachers and parents?

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Hostility

Distinguishing hostility from other issues

Helpful teacher behaviors to defuse situations

Remain calm

Acknowledge and accept anger

Express concerns constructively

Respect parents’ concerns

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Indifference

Understand possible reasons

Strategies to persevere with uninvolved parents

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Over involvement

Possible reasons for overinvolvement

Strategies to work with over-involvement

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Dealing with Causes of Parent-Teacher Tensions

Late parents

Releasing children to noncustodial or “under the influence” parents

Sick children

Lack of respect

End-of-day problems

Asking for special treatment

Disagreement over readiness

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What To Do?

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Summary

Teachers have a responsibility to persist when faced with challenging parental attitudes and behaviors.

Hostility, under-involvement, and over-involvement all have causes and helpful responses.

There are appropriate responses to frequent causes of parent-teacher tension.

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Chapter 13

Working with Families from Diverse Backgrounds

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Preview Questions

What is a rationale for considering how to work with diverse families?

What are effective teacher strategies for working with diverse families?

What are common cultural issues teachers will encounter?

How do teachers negotiate with cultural conflict?

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Teachers Work with Diversity

Developmentally Appropriate Practice statement

Culture defined

Individual children and identity

All children learn acceptance

Culture as influence on parenting

Teacher growth in working with diverse families

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Strategies for Teachers

Examine personal attitudes

Learn about other cultures

Establish an environment that welcomes

Open the door for communication about culture

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Negotiating with Cultural Conflict

Possible outcomes

Understanding and negotiating

Learning a new perspective

Resolving through parent education

Finding no resolution

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Think About It

A parent will not allow her child to play in the sandbox, citing it as inappropriate behavior for a girl. Consider possible teacher responses that would likely elicit each of the possible outcomes discussed in the chapter.

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Common Cultural Issues

Linguistic diversity and challenges

Holidays

Classroom curriculum

What does working with diversity look like?

Buen Dia Family School

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Summary

Culture impacts child rearing, and relationships between teachers and parent.

Becoming comfortable with cultural diversity is vital for children and adults.

Cultural conflicts are inevitable, but positive outcomes are possible.

Teachers should consider common cultural issues, such as planning appropriate classroom curriculum, how to celebrate holidays, and supporting English Language Learners.

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