How to Build Relationships with Difficult Parents

Do you need help building relationships with difficult parents? 

The truth is, building quality relationships with parents can be HARD. Pinterest is ready to come to the rescue, but communicating with parents doesn't always come easy. Sometimes it is a laborious and time-consuming process that leaves teachers feeling powerless, defeated, and overwhelmed. We can have great relationships with 99% of our students' families, but it just takes one difficult parent to leave us feeling like failures. So what can we do when we are having a hard time building positive relationships with parents? 

Building quality relationships with parents can be hard. We might have great relationships with almost all of our students' families, but it takes just one difficult parent to leave us feeling like failures. This post is full of real, actionable strategies to help teachers when they are facing challenges with parent communication. // Adventures of a Schoolmarm


The point of this post is not to stereotype or blame parents, but rather, to provide real, actionable strategies that will help teachers when they are facing the challenges that come with parent communication. 

How to Help Students Build Lasting Friendships in Class

Do you need ideas to help students build relationships
with the other students in your classroom? 

We all want to belong. Psychologists have shown that it is actually part of our DNA.  It doesn't matter if we are introverts or extroverts - we all want to feel accepted by our peers and a part of something larger than ourselves. As teachers, we play a huge role in helping our students learn how to affiliate with their peers and establish friendships in a healthy way. Students building friendships with one another doesn't always come naturally, so teachers need to facilitate teambuilding and classbuilding experiences in order to help them along the way. 

Relationship building is so important to a positive classroom climate, but it doesn't always come naturally for kids! Do you need ideas to help students build healthy relationships with one another? I can implement these strategies tomorrow!


Developing positive relationships between the students in your classroom is a crucial part of building a positive classroom environment, but it may seem a little overwhelming to know how to get started.  Follow these guidelines to encourage healthy friendships to blossom between your students!

Custom Desktop Organizer Slideshow Tutorial

Are you tired of having the same desktop organizer on your computer for too long? Use this tutorial to create a custom wallpaper slideshow that will automatically cycle through all of your favorite photos.

Are you tired of having the same desktop organizer on your computer for too long? Use this tutorial to create a custom wallpaper slideshow that will automatically cycle through all of your favorite photos.


I love to keep my desktop organized using meaningful personal photos with a bonus feature - I add labeled boxes right on top to give everything on my desktop a place! There are different ways to create a computer desktop organizer, but I do so using the program PowerPoint. To learn how, check out my post on Classroom Tested Resources today titled DIY Personalized Photo Desktop Organizer... then hop back over here so I can show you how to use that method to create scrolling wallpaper.

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