Letter to Parents from ADD Teacher
- Use a variety of techniques to communicate with me about your child. I may not remember to respond to a phone call, but repeated efforts by mail, telegram and fax are sure to elicit an eventual response.
- When you write notes to me, consider using various colored markers to write your message. These help me to focus my attention.
- Do not expect weekly progress reports on the ability of your child. Such reports require organizational skills that are beyond the ability of ADD subjects.
- Please excuse any errors I might make in grading your child's paper. My attention wanders from time to time. I will be happy to re-grade papers with more than five significant errors, although it may take me several weeks to get to such papers.
- Understand that I only grade a small percentage of your student's work so that I may be motivationally encouraged and predisposed to comply with my task.
- I may occasionally mix up students grades. If you feel this has happened, please notify me, (in the manner suggested above). If I am able to discover where the error was made, I will be happy to correct your student's grade.
- Consider placing your child in one of my morning classes. I am much better focused before 10:00 am. If your child is in an afternoon class, do not be upset by the fact that one-half of our classtime will be "free-time' due to the fact that I can only focus for short periods of time in the afternoon. Instead, consider this time as an opportunity for your child -- a built in "study hall."
- Be prepared to teach the novel Lord of the Flies and Quadratic Equations to your student at home. Because I am frequently unable to reach these units by the end of the year, you may need to cover this required material yourself. I will be happy to provide books and handouts.
- Forgive me if I am late in arriving for parent conferences. I sometimes lose track of time. If I forget to come at all, do not hesitate to reschedule by contacting me (in the manner suggested above).
- When we meet for parent conferences, please remember to:
(a) Maintain proximity to me;
(b) Establish eye contact;
(c) Be concise;
(d) Use an appropriate rate of speech;
(e) Use visual aids (e.g. students papers, charts, pictures, etc.)