Teaching Strategies to Deal with “Switching Teachers”

If it hasn’t happened yet, it will: A parent will ask that his or her child be removed from your class and placed into another teacher’s class.

It can big ego blow, and it can be attributed to parents simply not liking you or a personality conflict.

With that in mind, today on TeachHUB.com, frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox, who is a veteran teacher based in Upstate New York, takes a look at some teaching strategies to 
deal with this difficult situation. Janelle’s ideas include:

  • Try Not to Be So Defensive
  • Agree to Disagree
  • And More!

Janelle sums up her article like this: “You must accept the fact that not every parent is always going to like you. You can be the kindest, most generous, hardworking teacher on the planet and there will still be a parent who does not like you. Instead of taking this to heart, just learn to accept it. Always be yourself, and know that you are doing your best and that should be enough for you.”

Has this ever happened to you in your classroom? If so, how did you handle this situation? Please share your thoughts.

The PARCC Test: An Overview

In many classrooms around the country right now, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) tests are sending teachers and students alike into new levels of anxiety.

For the uninitiated, the PARCC tests are born out of the Common Core State Standards. Thosee standards mandate very specific skills that students of each grade level should accomplish, and PARCC is designed to specifically assess whether or not students are meeting those metrics.

Recently, frequent TeachHUB.com contributing writer Jordan Catapano takes a long look at the PARCC tests, including what’s on the test, how it works, and how to practice and prepare for it.

It’s a timely read and definitely worth a look as your school prepares for the PARCC tests.

What are your thoughts on the PARCC exam? How is your state or district going about implementing it … or has your state avoided it completely?