Topic 3 DQ 1
Families in transition are often dealing with difficult (and unexpected) circumstances. Consider your childhood or some of your friends’ early childhood histories. Are there any transitions that stand out as particularly stressful for you (or your friends)? Briefly describe the transition and what you think an educator could have done to help. Topic 3 DQ 2 Read the scenario to inform the questions that follow:
Neveya, a second grader, regularly does not bring school supplies needed to school due to financial hardships in the family that include the caretaking of an elderly family member. Frustrated, her teacher, Mrs. Williams, has stressed to her administrator that she feels Neveya’s parents do not care about her education. Upon hearing Mrs. Williams’ strong opinion, the administrator quickly explained that the family was going through turmoil. Mrs. Williams was immediately regretful of her comments as she had no idea of the family’s situation.
How would you ensure you have an open line of communication and know the circumstances of your families? How would you deal with a child not bringing the proper supplies to school? What would you do to support the child’s family during this crisis?