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Discussion: Calling Home

by Janet Lee Stinson

We have all made the call home that starts, “hi sorry to report bad news but…” Calling home to discuss undesirable behaviour is not the most inspiring thing on my to do list.

This is why I make time for at least two positive calls home each week. I search through my class list and find two students needing a little positive reinforcement and I make the call. The next day, the news spreads like wildfire…Stinson called my house bragging about me! Oh yeah? What did she say? …Students want a call from me so they strive for it with excellent behaviour and participation.

The conversations are short, but the parent responses make my day every time! I can only imagine what the call does for the person receiving it.

Do you make positive calls home? What happens during them?


Janet Lee has been an English teacher/Department Chair, Nipissing University Reading Part 3 Instructor, Student Success Literacy Consultant, and Nelson Literacy 7-10 instructional writer and media specialist. Janet Lee recently presented literacy resources at The Great Moon Gathering in Fort Albany, Ontario. She enjoys maintaining her blog This Side of the Mirror-A Journey Through Reflection to communicate with teachers and address current issues in education.

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  • http://adunsiger.com Aviva (@avivaloca)

    Janet Lee, I loved this post of yours. I’m a big fan of positive phone calls. In fact, I try to call all of the parents in my class once a week. I really try to emphasize something positive that has happened throughout the week each time I call. By having this good connection with parents though, if there is a problem, they’re really receptive to hearing about it and working with me to solve it. Students also know that I have regular contact with their parents, which inspires them to want to do something good for me to share. It’s a win/win for sure!