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When Ricardo found evidence—overhearing Gloria complain about the initiative and make untrue statements to a group in the hallway—he knew he had a serious problem. An underminer was at work. School leaders face many challenges in implementing change. Chief among these challenges is preserving a positive climate when one or several teachers are resistant or difficult. For a school to move forward, the leader must attend to day-to-day school climate and school culture.

A few such teachers can derail change. In schools we've led and in our work supporting principals, we've identified strategies anyone can use to deal with difficult and resistant staff members while maintaining a healthy school climate. We have seen eight major types of difficult staff members in action. Leaders need to swiftly identify any teachers they work with who fit one of these patterns and deal with accompanying negative behaviors.

Here we focus on two types: An underminer works behind the scenes to weaken your leadership by fabricating or exaggerating negative aspects about you or the change you are implementing. Other teachers, especially those lacking a clear understanding of the issue or the strength to resist, may be easily convinced to join the negative conversation.

A group of covert resisters may develop. The situation can quickly get out of control. Whether other teachers alert you or you notice signs that a staff member is an underminer, act quickly to minimize the damage. Covert agitating can poison school climate and make reform impossible. Like Gloria, an underminer may agree with you in person but work to derail your goals in private. When you confront a covert complainer, he or she will often deny any negative feelings or actions. But if the underminer senses a critical mass of support, he or she may be very open about opposing you.

Underminers may actively work to slow or stop a change or intervention, such as by complaining to school board members, recruiting others to resist or complain, or half-heartedly implementing the change and then saying "I told you this wouldn't work. An underminer can equally damage school climate and culture by. Encouraging staff members to form factions based on their support—or lack of support—for your leadership.

Turning cognitive conflict productive debates related to substance into affective conflict negative debates related to personalities. Affective conflict is destructive to a sound school culture. Confronting others, putting them on the defensive, and turning the workplace into a hostile environment. When you realize a teacher is undermining you, meet privately with the underminer to openly discuss this behavior and find out what the teacher's issues are.

We recommend developing a script for what you will say in the meeting; a script will keep you on track and better able to deal with the emotions that may come up. If a group has coalesced, you'll need to decide whether to meet with just the "leader" or with all the underminers.

If the group seems to gain power in numbers, divide and conquer. On the other hand, if you think the first one you talk with will warn and possibly energize the others, meet with all the grumblers at once. Thank you for meeting with me today, Gloria. I want to use this time to talk through an issue that's come to my attention. Several staff members have told me that you're upset about the PLC meetings we are holding. If you have concerns, I want you to share them with me rather than others. I haven't been talking behind your back. If I had concerns, I'd share them with you. Please level with me, Gloria.

I've heard this from several other staff members. You mean to tell me these people made this up? If you've been expressing frustration with the process, just let me know so we can address it and move on. I didn't want to tell you directly because I thought you might get mad at me. I need to know your concerns so I can do something about it. If you don't tell me, how can I do anything?

What are your concerns? Well, I don't think the PLC project is going well. Nobody seems to know what to do or why we're meeting. Some PLC groups aren't working as hard as others. Some groups are wasting their time and talking about other topics. I think you should be doing something about this.

Thank you for sharing this with me. So you think I should be catching these unproductive PLC teams in the act? As Gloria told Ricardo how she felt, he listened. He didn't try to justify or defend his ideas or actions but used reflective listening to ensure that he understood her perspective. Then he suggested they together come up with a plan for how Gloria would speak directly with Ricardo in the future if she had concerns with him or his ideas.

Ricardo committed to periodically checking in with Gloria to assess how things were going—first weekly, and eventually monthly. Not all underminers can be disarmed by respectful confrontation. Many times you get an earful, but that does help diffuse the anger.

Many times, parents don't have an answer or a comment, but if they do I see if I can use some of their ideas in my action plan. But what if Morisseau's tactics dont work? What if the parent is still on a tirade?

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To explore other practical articles from the Principal Files series, go to our Principal Files Archive. Jesus Acosta, assistant principal, George I. Be sure to see our tips for using Every-Day Edits in your classroom. See our idea file. Run out of Every-Day Edit activities for the month of November? Check out our Xtra activities for any time of year.

Different Types and Sources of Energy Subject: To understand that there are different types and sources of energy Next Gen Science Standard: Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents. What do you think energy is? Allow the students to answer. Today, we are going to be talking about energy. Energy is power that comes from a source and is used to provide light, heat or to work machines. There are different kinds of energy and energy comes from different sources.


One type of energy is kinetic ki-ne-tic energy and one type of energy is potential energy. Kinetic energy is energy that is in motion. A ball bouncing is using kinetic energy. Potential energy is stored energy. A ball that is sitting at the top of a hill has potential energy. When you are sitting at your desk with your hands on your desk, your hands have potential energy. When you raise your hand or move your hand to write, your hand has kinetic energy. Now, we are going to talk about the sources of energy. That means where energy comes from.

Energy comes from many different places. Coal, natural gas and oil are all burned and then turned into energy. Energy can also come from the sun, wind, heat in the Earth, water and natural things like wood and corn. Energy comes from the sun is called solar energy. Solar panels soak up the sun and turn it into energy.

Wind, energy and heat from the Earth are all caught and used to make energy. Wood, manure and corn can be burned and that is used to make energy. Energy is transferred from place to place and can then be used to produce motion, sound, heat or light. You are now going to look around the room and make a list of the different places where you see energy being transferred and producing something.

Does anyone have any questions? Allow about 10 minutes for the students to make a list of places where energy is being transferred. Who would like to share the list that you made? Allow the students to answer and share. Different Types and Sources of Energy. Changes in Habitat Subject: To understand that changes to an environment can be dangerous Next Gen Science Standard: Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all. How do plants and animals in a habitat depend on each other?

Allow the students to answer- students should explain that animals eat plants that grow and then other animals eat those animals. When animals die, they put nutrients in the soil that helps the plants to grow. Last class we talked about how the plants and animals in habitats rely on each other to survive. Today, we are going to talk about what happens to the plants and animals in a habitat if there are changes to the environment.

Sometimes there are changes to an environment or habitat. These changes can happen for different reasons. Some of the changes happen because of something that people do or because of weather patterns or a natural disaster. Animals and plants in habitats are affected by any change that happens to an environment.

Any change to an environment can cause a change in the way that living things interact or depend on each other. People often cut down trees to make room for farms or for houses. When trees are cut down, it takes away places for animals to live and it takes away food from animals that eat the leaves or fruit from the trees. This can be very dangerous to the animals in that habitat because if they cannot eat, they will die. Then, the animals that eat those animals will not have food either. Sometimes making changes to an environment like cutting down many trees can cause a change in temperature or rainfall in that habitat.

This will make it difficult for the plants and animals that live in that habitat because they are not used to the new temperature or amount of rainfall. Air and water pollution also cause problems for animals that live in habitats that are affected. Any change to an environment can cause really big problems for plants and animals in a habitat. The changes can make the plants and animals in that habitat die.

We just talked about how changes to the environment can be very dangerous for the plants and animals that live in a habitat. Please take out your notebooks. You are going to write a few sentences describing what makes changes to an environment dangerous. Who would like to share what you wrote about what makes changes to an environment dangerous? Allow the students to share. Sign up for our free weekly newsletter and receive top education news, lesson ideas, teaching tips and more! No thanks, I don't need to stay current on what works in education!

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How do I get past a parent who has bullied me? She was not happy with a test grade and wanted me to change it. Demanded that I change it, even though the child was an A student. When I said I couldn't because the child was wrong, I offered that the student write a paragraph to tell me the correct information. Mom went to the principal and the principal won't share what mom said.

Wrong, you do NOT have to let a parent be rude or abusive. Just like some kids, some parents are bullies. Like any bully, they will quickly back down when they see you will not be intimidated. Do not engage them in an argument, but make it clear that hostile, threatening behavior is unacceptable. Tell them you want to help their child, but that kind of behavior will only make it much harder to do.

Come on like any kid is going to listen to their angry parents. Back chat is like totally a must.

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Sneak out of the house without you telling them, this will make them really outraged and that is your goal. But 1 thing is never fail school, because u can't go to asking your parents for any money, when you don't have a job. The advise is kinda helpful but to be honest it is a waste of time.

Just keep saying why? You can also try not listening to them and give them attitude and get loads of detentions at school. Now this is what I call good advise. Let's face it kids will be kids and people change so parents get used to it.

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This can begin with the parent letter at the beginning of the year. When I write parent emails to deal with student behavior, I always say something nice about their child and then mention the behavior that I needed to deal with. Shon Schaffran Maui www. I had a student who chose not to go to a required concert, but instead went to an extracurricular activity. He was notified that it was not a legitimate reason, as the concert date has been set for a year now, and that it is for a grade. Normally if students are missing a concert for family emergencies, or illness I have them fill out a worksheet BEFORE the concert after if they were sick from school that day.

This student had that opportunity, to come to me and get the worksheet before the concert, but he chose not to. Now his mother is insisting that I change his grade to an A. I told her that the solution is that I will let him fill out the worksheet and I will adjust his grade to a C at most.

She just responded with an email that said no, I will change it to an A. Seriously, what is with parents? I think this is very valuable advice. I am a student teacher who will have my credential and master's degree in less than six months. Right now, I am in a first grade class with a child who has severe behavioral problems. He has been on a behavioral contract with his teacher for a while now with little to no improvement.

In fact, his mother wants him off the behavior contract because she thinks it's too negative. The big issue is that his mother refuses to believe there is anything wrong with her child and constantly defends him. She thinks he always tells the truth and is in denial that her son causes trouble. He gets in fights on the playgrounds, refuses to do his work, and is disrespectful to his peers and teachers.

His mother has talked to the teacher and the principal at length and blames the teacher for everything. I know that the teacher is a wonderful teacher, and she is not doing anything wrong. She has done all of the things mentioned in this post. While she strongly believes he has ADHD, she cannot tell the mother to seek help. She can only suggest that he see a doctor for his behavior. But, the mother won't do it.

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It is very important to exhale not respond right away, and gather the facts, talk to the other staff including guidance, school counselor, cover your basis. Make your message brief and ask to meet and bring others to speak directly to the parent. Best practice have evidence of child's progress, tardies, homework completion, and absences, it all relates!!

This is line of work that takes a lot of patience and to know you are dealing with someone else's child. I have a parent that I wish would drop off the face of the earth, and gets upset at the hint of any problem with him. I can only listen and give suggestions on how to handle things. It is her right as a parent to decide what to do with him.

But on the devious side, I do get a little smile when he does the same things to her as he does all day long in school. If you Google 'yelling at teachers' you will come across many hits about 'teachers yelling at students'. Teachers have become scapegoats and NO teacher is immune. If the child isn't working, then the teacher is not inspirational enough. Do you blame the dentist if your child does not brush his or her teeth for not being inspirational enough. Problem as I see it is that the student knows that he or she is 'off the hook' and unfortunately many students actually believe that they have no responsibility.

If a student is not doing well, it is either the fault of the teacher or it is the fault of the parent. I want to say a very big thanks and appreciation to DR PAUL for casting a love spell that brought back my ex boyfriend in two days what will i have done if not for you DR PAUL am really greatful for all your help once again thank you very much email altimatespelltemple yahoo. Sadly, in the district I work in the administration knows who the out of control parents are and as the saying goes "the squeaky wheel gets the grease" and far too often the teacher gets the shaft.

In addtion, the principal is related to most of the families at our school and God forbid a teacher actually expect to have administrative support in dealing with explosive parents. I have learned to document anytime anyone comes into my classroom. I use a post it note and write the date, the time the person entered the room and left.

As well as a brief note as to what was happening in the room. This system has allowed me to recall exactly what was happening, what the person wanted who came into the room and how the class was doing. It is a bit more work but well worth the effort especially when a parent makes an outrageous claim about me. Sadly on our campus we do have "sue happy" parents who look for ways to make a buck off of our district. I was verbally assaulted by a parent in the parking lot in front of staff, parents, students.

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When I e-mailed my principals about other parents who were upset at the attack: So, listen and do not say anything that you may have to apologize for. Document--don't sink to anyone elses's level and document again. This is a good introductory article for new teachers.