What does a challenging teacher mean to you?
A mom and I were talking about our daughters' 4th grade teacher. She complained that her DD is frustrated with the teacher's laid-back attitude. My daughter and I like the guy. He's enthusiastic and makes learning fun. His laid-back attitude has allowed my DD's creativity to flourish. While he isn't going to help the kids get into the Ivies, he is allowing them to develop their own individual person. Anyway, the mom wants to request a more challenging teacher for her daughter next year. I am the classroom mom so I know how her DD acts in school. The DD prefers to talk than to listen and work, which leads me to think that she needs a firm and serious teacher, not a challenging one. In my mind, challenging means learning at a higher level regardless of the teacher's teaching style. What does a "challenging teacher" mean to you?