My son is in third grade, and absolutely hates his teacher. I have never had any problems with any other teachers. We have loved them all.
He is miserable every day when he comes home from school. He says that she is hateful and is a yeller. That she talks mean to him and he believes truly that she doesnt like him. I brushed it off at first as, this is a new grade and a new face, and she may just be different than the rest. But then came the snack issue.
First, my son was looking at the wrong page in a book so she told him he couldnt have snack for the rest of the year. She took his snack. Now, if this were me, being as the times are as hard as they are, I would have made my student put the snack up if I was going to take it away. She threw it in the garbage. I dont know about anyone else, but this made me furious. We arent on any kind of assistance, so she is pretty much throwing my cash in the trash. My dh and I both took pay cuts, hour cuts, to keep our jobs. This is unacceptable to me.
I tried to bring this up at a parent teacher conference, but the woman seriously couldnt shut up long enough to hear me talk. She is very abrasive and loud. I dont like her either!! i dont know what it is about her, she just hits me the wrong way if you know what I mean.
Then came the project. She claimed to have sent home a packet about a poster ds was supposed to make. I NEVER received it. As soon as I got a memo project due such and such, I went into panic mode. I reminded ds to ask her about getting a copy of the papers she supposedly sent home. She said, and ds quotes: "You expect me to give you a fact sheet this late?!" and wouldnt give him one. So I wrote a note to her, saying we really dont want a zero or an incomplete. She sent the info home with a very abrasive note. Ds said she was hateful all day after reading my note, and I was very nice with her in it so theres no excuse there.
Ds wants to switch to another classroom. I dont even know how to begin to ask this. I know I should probably start with the principal... would you switch your kids? Or would you give her some more time to let them get to know each other? Does it matter that its so early in the school year, or does that actually make it easier? Does anyone have any experiences with having to switch their kids' teachers? I have heard that sometimes they dont have a good fit. I am just worried about the whole situation. And my ds is so unhappy about the whole thing.