When Attacked 2

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  1. This is perfect. I recently asked Ben what to do when an email you receive that is similar to the ones with which Jeff has dealt, are coming from parents that are also teachers of your World Language? Most likely, they are using traditional methods. How do you deal with this?

  2. Jennifer,
    That really mixes several “powers” into the mess, doesn’t it? A parent (family stuff), who teaches the same language (professional stuff). Under those circumstances, if I had my admins on board, I’d go to them first and call on them for support. I would typically go in for a face to face with the most supportive admin, and explain the nature of the email, tell them how I was planning to respond, and ask for their support or suggestions. What I’ve really done is put them on notice that I need back up if this goes foul, and they are not left blindsided by a phone call or angry email that they know nothing about.

    To the parent, I would respond very similarly as the letters I’ve posted above: focusing on how the CI approach allows me to differentiate, assure progress for every student in the room, and give his/her child what the child needs to succeed in my language. As a Latin teacher, I would probably acknowledge that what I am doing is still new to some Latin teachers, but that I am part of a growing movement with this very successful approach to teaching the language. By doing so, I have not criticized him/her as a professional, but I have given notice that I am not pulling this out my ear (or other body part), that I am part of good work, best practices and am reading the research.

    1. Thanks. Up until these posts I wasn’t sure where to ask it so I emailed. Do you prefer that we just find the best place here or are you alright with emails? I ask because I imagine you get too many!

  3. I prefer the emails bc when a teacher sends me an email it is usually something big that needs to be presented as an article and not a comment. The only problem is that they sometimes get stuck in the queue – like Laura’s was in there for at least six weeks. But we can’t do anything about that – we have a lot going on every day, it seems. Sometimes, like with the Jeff stuff up there now, I push articles into publication just because they are so screamingly important. Thank you for asking.

  4. …there is a lot of research out there that supports Mr. Brickler in not giving homework. This supports families by mitigating the intrusion of school curriculum into family life, which often creates conflict and takes away from those precious evening hours….

    We cannot miss this point among the larger points above.

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