trace his or her name? My son is 4 and started pre-K a few weeks ago. His teacher told me she wants to cut him down to 2 days a week because he has a hard time being quiet in class and "he doesn't even trace his name". That's why he is there, to learn how to do things like trace his name. I don't understand how she thinks cutting his days would help him.
I talked to administration and they said they don't agree with what she said and he needs to be there 5 days a week. So the administrative assistant explained this to her. (I couldn't be there because I had to go to work.)
This teacher told me after having him in class for 7 DAYS that she thinks he might need to go to preschool again next year. WHAT?! I think she is stuck with the mindset that he is going to go to preschool again and is not working with him like she should be. He meets all the requirements for going to kindergarten except writing his name and using scissors. I think an entire school year is PLENTY of time to learn these things. I am so frustrated.
I ended up having a conference with the teacher and the Principal. It was useless because the teacher kept stating her opinions as facts. She kept saying my sons brain moves "90 miles an hour" and that's why he scibbles on his paper instead of tracing his name. He is scribbling because he needs HELP! She also insisted that she needed to to some "testing to see where he is at". I made it clear that I wasn't interested in having any tests done on him and that our time would be better spent just working on whatever he had trouble with (The Principal agreed with me). We had another meeting last Thursday and the first thing she says is, "Here are some tests I did on him..." I just stared at her, she is completely disregarding everything I said.
My husband came back home last week after being gone for 3 weeks for work. He started taking our son to school and observing a little bit. Right away he told me that he didn't like the teachers demeanor towards our son. He scheduled an interview with a different school and took our son to meet the teacher there. He called me at work and told me flat out he didn't like our sons current teacher and that he wanted him in the new school. The class is smaller, there is a regular aide and the teacher has lots of experience. I told him I wanted to see how the last meeting went (not well) and I wanted to go to the new school myself before committing.
The last meeting was a complete fail and I was really upset. (I have been dragging my feet about finding him a new school because I wanted things to work out where I am already working.) Last Friday I went to the new school and met the teacher. It was really amazing how well my son took to this teacher. I couldn't deny that it was most likely a better place for our son to go. So we filled out all the paperwork and told the principal at his old school that we were pulling him out. The principal appologized for his staff not being up to par.
Today is my sons first day at the new school. (I'm picking him up in about an hour.) I get to go to work this afternoon and fill out a drop form for him and deal with the awkwardness of working across the hall from his old teacher. I just hope this new school is the right place for him.