Apparently my DD, who is 8 and in the 2nd grade, is having some trouble getting along with her 'friends' at school. The teacher's assistant stopped me this morning at drop off to tell me this, along with her observation that DD is a very dramatic little girl. I always thought this was pretty typical behavior, and to be honest, I'm a little miffed at the TA. Is this normal little girl, or should I be worried about her? What can I do to help my DD?
In a parent pick up line I have never found it appropriate for comments about a day or behaviors of concern. E-mails, phone conversations, or in person conferences are a more appropriate place for having a discussion about behaviors of concern. Telling a parent in 60 seconds or less, during parent drop off or pick up, leaves a parent confused and speechless. No time to ask more questions to determine if this is something I need to be concerned with or not. If this was me I would call the school and request the teaching assistant and the teacher call me back at their convenience. I would remind the TA she had mentioned my daughter was dramatic and I would like some more clarifications and if they thought, in their opinion, this flair for the dramatic is interfering with my child's ability to learn. Since school is in the business of teaching academics that is my primary concern.
Answer by frogdawg at 10:41 AM on Apr. 7, 2011
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Then if I would ask if it is causing any social impairments as far as getting along with others in the class. If if impacts her learning I would continue the conversation and explore some options for at school and home. If it impacts her socially and emotionally I would certainly want to assist my child at home in ways to manage those thoughts and emotions. If it neither impacts her learning or impacts her socially/emotionally - I would let it go. Everyone has an opinion. All this TA has is her opinion. I can take it or leave it based on the information I receive. I would make a polite suggestion that car lines in not the place to address concerns about my child and I would personally prefer the phone or e-mail. And I would also give them my updated contact information.
Answer by frogdawg at 10:44 AM on Apr. 7, 2011
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