I also use parents as an important ally in the effort to reach the target population. Sometimes, the parent, coach, or guardian can be the most significant person in the student’s life. If the student wastes time and doesn’t finish the exit price, I will call their parent, their basketball coach, their grandma and demand that they stay after school to finish their work. I am hard on them. They will test me. I will within the first few weeks, catch them not finishing their exit price.
A student might miss football practice because I called his coach and kept him after school for not finishing the exit price. Once they see that I am “not playin’” they will work hard almost every day. It is often more effective to use the parent than the principal to help a student reform his or her own behavior.
My best friend has been my Metro PCS phone. I have all the parents of my target population on speed dial. The students know that if they don’t finish their exit price, I will be on the phone the same day calling their basketball coach or grandma. On several occasions, I have had coaches present in the class to help their players focus.