As I am sitting here blindly waiting to see what teacher my kids will get for the upcoming school year (I have one going into 1st and another into 2nd) and have gotten all sorts of feedback from friends about the teachers such as so and so is so strict, so and so is better with girls, etc etc.
What would your thoughts be on if when you registered your child for school you had to fill out a post it note with, say, 5 descriptive words about your child. Then however many teachers there were per grade would be able to choose their students based on Mrs Smith is more patient so she takes the kids who are challenging and Mrs Jones is creative so she takes the artsy free spirits
Obviously my plan would be anonymous so no family feuds or weirdness ... and obviously this would not be successful in all situations and scenarios, particularly very small districts
Answer by Ginger0104 at 1:59 PM on Aug. 11, 2012
We can do that in the schools my kids have been in. You fill out a form at the end of the school year (or when registering your child for Kinder) letting them know your child'strengths and weaknesses and if there are any areas your child needs extra help or encouragement. As it is, in the last school we were in the kids usually get their older siblings teachers for some reason. I guess if you liked the teacher that could be a good thing. Unfortunately, we have had a couple of teachers that didn't have a whole lot of personality or experience, which was disappointing. I just hope that they are better with the kids than they are with the parents. I am sure some of it has to be apprehension dealing with parents when you really don't know what kind of people they will be like dealing with for a whole year.
Answer by QuinnMae at 2:00 PM on Aug. 11, 2012
I like getting feedback from other parents about the teachers. I feel like I have an idea of what to expect. My dau rarely, if ever, gets into any kind of trouble at school, so I wouldn't want her to be distracted by being in a classroom full of the "challenging" kids. There's always going to be a couple, but I think most parents wouldn't want their children in that kind of situation. And some parents are clueless or in denial about how their kids behave in school. Others may not be honest about it either. The teachers need to communicate w/ ea. other on behavior issues so 1 teacher doesn't get her hands too full w/ the stinkers. :p
Answer by mrsmom110 at 2:02 PM on Aug. 11, 2012
Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 2:03 PM on Aug. 11, 2012
In the past I have asked for a more structured classroom because DS has a tendency to lose focus. He doesn't interrupt the class, he just starts to daydream. He got a good teacher for that when I asked for it and she knew what to look for. She wasn't Mrs. personality with the parents but she was a great teacher for him.
Answer by QuinnMae at 2:06 PM on Aug. 11, 2012
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