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Study Guide to Dealing with Difficult Parents

1st Edition

By Todd Whitaker, Douglas J. Fiore

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66 pages

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This Study Guide provides a variety of thought-provoking questions and activities to help you implement the concepts in the bestselling book, Dealing with Difficult Parents, 2nd Edition. For each chapter of the book, the Study Guide offers discussion questions, journal prompts, and group activities. You can work on these sections independently, in book studies, in professional learning communities (PLCs), in mentor sessions, and in professional development sessions.

As you work through this Study Guide, you’ll learn how to make the book’s strategies work for you, so that you can more effectively deal with parents in all kinds of challenging situations and help them get on your side to ensure students’ success.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part One

1. Dealing with Difficult Parents: An Overview

2. Who Are These Guys?: Describing Today’s Parents

Key Concepts

Discussion Questions

Journal Prompt

Group Activities

38 Years of Teaching Fifth Grade

It’s Not What You Do, It’s How You Do It

Application

3. What’s Wrong with These Parents Anyhow?

Key Concepts

Discussion Questions

Journal Prompt

Group Activities

Titles Really Make A Difference!

Creating Convenient Models

Application

Part Two

4. Building Credibility: Everyone Wants to Associate with a Winner

Key Concepts

Discussion Questions

Journal Prompt

Group Activities

All the News That’s Fit to Print

Calling All Parents

Application

5. Taking Your Classroom Social

Key Concepts

Discussion Questions

Journal Prompt

Group Activities

Accentuate the Positive!

Things to Consider

Application

6. Positive Communication with Parents: An Ounce of Prevention

7. Listen, Learn, and Cultivate

Key Concepts

Discussion Questions

Journal Prompt

Group Activities

Creating a Positive Referral Program

A Welcoming Environmental Audit

Application

Part Three

8. Initiating Contact with parents

Key Concepts

Discussion Questions

Journal Prompt

Group Activities

Acting It Out

Communicating with Parents

Application

9. Never Let ‘Em See You Sweat

10. What if the Parent is Right?

Key Concepts

Discussion Questions

Journal Prompt

Group Activities

The Sorry Actors

ATTENTION

Application

11. The Best Way to Get in the Last Word…

12. Do You Feel Defensive? If So, Something is Wrong

Key Concepts

Discussion Questions

Journal Prompt

Group Activities

Circle of Bad News

A Sign of the Times

Application

13. Delivering Bad News

Key Concepts

Discussion Questions

Journal Prompt

Group Activities

The Legal Eagle

A Bad News Triangle

Application

14. But I Did Get a Good Deal: Examining the Car Salesman

Key Concepts

Discussion Questions

Journal Prompt

Group Activities

I Really Did Get a Good Deal

Acting It Out

Application

15. What if They Use the F Word – Fair?

16. Focus on the Future

Key Concepts

Discussion Questions

Journal Prompt

Group Activities

Working with Mr. Johnson

Using the "F" Word

Application

17. Understanding Parent Involvement

Key Concepts

Discussion Questions

Journal Prompt

Group Activities

Comparing Parents

Dealing with Difficult Parents

Application

18. Increasing Parent Involvement at School

19. Increasing Parent Involvement at Home

Key Concepts

Discussion Questions

Journal Prompt

Group Activities

Clarifying Your Parent Core

HOME work

Application

About the Authors

Todd Whitaker is a professor of educational leadership at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. He is a leading presenter in the field of education and has written more than 30 books, including the national best seller, What Great Teachers Do Differently.

Douglas J. Fiore is Dean of the Dwight Schar College of Education at Ashland University and is the author of numerous books, including the popular textbook School-Community Relations, Fourth Edition.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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EDUCATION / General