1 class periods of 45 minutes each
Students will participate in parent panel by discussing family rules and by asking the parents questions that they would like to ask their parents.
Unit packet, parent panel
Class has been thinking about and discussing the importance of communication within families. Teacher will arrange for a parent panel to attend class this day and will have some sample questions on hand so parents will know the types of questions they will be asked.
Importance of quality communication within families. Steps of effective communication.
Students will begin to understand where parents are coming from when they make and enforce family rules.
Introduction: (10 minutes)
Have students open their packet to the "Family Patterns" page. They will list 5 rules that their parents have. Discuss some of the rules and determine if they are justified and why parents might think those rules are important.
Have students come up with 3 questions that they would ask their parents if they could. Explain that we are going to have guests in class today... parents! Remind students to be nice and considerate to others' parents.
This is the students' chance to get inside the minds of parents. Have students introduce their parents. Have parents give a brief history of self (how long married, number of children, ages, etc)
Questions for parents (remainder of class time):
Thank parents for coming and ask if there is any advice that they would give to students.
Be sure that diverse learning students can see and hear the parent panel clearly.
Gifted students might want to help with panel selection and additional questions to be given to teacher in advance of class.
Students will be assessed through Unit packet pages relating to communication with parents and through the interaction and respect shown to parents on the parent panel.