Teachers: Don’t make the child the bearer of bad news


Peter Flom's on Failing Grades with NVLD StudentsPoor report cards, requests for a meeting, notices of problems in the classroom …. These happen.  Sometimes, teachers need to communicate bad news to parents.  Communication is good, even if it’s about problems.  But, all too often, the children have to take the bad news home to their parents.  This is a bad idea. These days, what with texting, e-mail, parent-teacher bulletin boards, school websites and so on, there’s no need for it.

Why make the child feel worse and have added stress when you don’t need to?

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