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While attending the 2011 PLC summit, one of the presenters told us about an experience he had while watching Family Feud. The question was, “What is the reason your child’s teacher is calling your house?” Not one of the “right” answers were positive, not one! An example of some of the answers were, “Your kid is failing” or “

About a year ago, we had an idea forced on us by our principal, and it’s an idea I actually grew to like. We were forced, every Friday, to call a parent or two, and let them know something fabulous about their child. It’s called a Fabulous Phone Call. It’s not time-consuming, and there’s no out-of pocket expense. It’s exactly what it says, a phone call to a parent, telling them how wonderful their child has been. I try to choose a child who is always fabulous, they deserve praise too, and a child who was struggling to be fabulous. It’s not all about academics either. Maybe the student showed improvement in behavior, grasped a concept, or helped a friend.

 There are so many benefits to the Fabulous Phone call, the most important being that it provides teachers a chance to create positive communication with our parents. I usually begin my phone calls like this, “Hello, this is Mrs.M; your child is not in trouble.” I try to get that in before, “What did he/she do?” Afterwards, we have an enjoyable conversation about their child, and it usually ends with many, many, thanks from the parent. I keep the phone call positive at all times. Monday Morning, I place a “Fabulous Phone Call” coupon on the child’s desk, which says, “Congratulations, you have received a fabulous phone call!” I also ask whether they were notified about the phone call. Who knew a simple phone call could bring such joy?Pick a day, any day, and make a Fabulous phone call to one of your students’ parents, and destroy those negative stereotypes!

Power of Positivity: The Friday 5- A principal documents the power of a positive phone call! 

 

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Comment by Lisa Mims on March 21, 2011 at 8:53pm
It's not my idea, but I have turned it into mine. I added the coupon just to give it that personal touch.:)  I'm sure the kids at your school will love it. It's an incentive that doesn't cost anything!
Comment by Bobby Walker, Jr. on March 21, 2011 at 9:33am
What a great idea! We need to institute something like this at our school.
Comment by Lisa Mims on March 18, 2011 at 6:55pm
You are quite welcome Tommy. It's true, something as simple as "Great week!" can make a difference in a child's life.
Comment by Tommy Wandrum on March 18, 2011 at 10:20am
That is such a great idea.  Thank you for sharing.  Isn't it funny how the simplest of things fail to cross our minds.

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