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The positive phone call home is part of the third Pillar of Pivotal Practice (give first attention to best conduct). It is a keystone habit - it has a ripple effect - changing the culture in your classroom and improving your relationships with the learners. Recognising when learners go over and above minimum requirements encourages learners to make an extra effort, knowing it will be noticed.
How it works
Once a week make one positive phone call home to one learner's parents. We suggest that you do this on a Friday afternoon after the end of school. It is a great way to end your week and a brilliant way to start a family's weekend. When you make your phone call, be specific about the behaviours the learner has shown and how these behaviours have positively influenced learning in the classroom. Explain why you are proud of the learner.
Make a positive phone call home. Plan what you are going to say before you make the call. If you are able to, record the conversation. A few days later, write 200-300 words about the phone call and the effects of the call. In your paragraph make sure you include:
- The age of the learner
- What the learner did to impress you and warrant the phone call
- What you planned to say and if you stuck to your plan
- The reaction of the parent/guardian
- Any changes in the learner the following week
- Any wider reaching effects that you didn't expect
Listen to this 2-minute audio clip where Paul Dix explains how some teachers have adapted and extended the Positive phone call home to even greater effect.
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