teacher too rigid

Diane - posted on 10/13/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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does anyone have any experience with an elementary school teacher who is just too rigid. Everything seems to be black and white ( I don't mean racial), and there is absolutely no leniancy for any situation. The students seem to feel put on the spot, and I will say some things may be being blown out of proportion, but students are unhappy, and parents are unhappy. I'm sensing the more friction in this classroom, the more the teacher is pushing back.

any suggestions for how to stop this cycle?

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Marti - posted on 11/08/2009

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I would try a mediated discussion between all of the parents, the principal and the teacher. If all of you have a full understanding of where the problems are it may be easier to find the solution.

Tamika - posted on 11/08/2009

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I was in a similiar situation with my sons teacher. I would go in his class and take notes. I noticed that she was letting students pass out graded papers. I was at my wits end with her when she told the principal I intimidate my child. I DEMANDED a parent, teacher, principal conference. I took someone with me to be a witness and had her also go to his room to see how she was teaching. It all boiled down to TIME! I have been to her class since and now she goes around to make sure the kids UNDERSTAND! My son got in trouble for putting milk in his tray. I asked her did he spill it, did he put it on anyone. Her response was NO! Why give him a N in conduct when it was his tray and no one else's? We still but heads but I can't wait til this school year is over!

Anna - posted on 10/13/2009

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My now 19 year old had one such teacher from 2nd to 5th grade at school and then later at the church we joined. She was the choir director. She made all students and their parents, when my daughter first started out with her, sign a contract. Three strikes and you were out of the chorus. My daughter was sick the day the contracts went out, so she received the contract the following day to bring home, have signed, with instructions to return it the next day. So we did just that. At that time I drove my daughter to and from school. My daughter went to school that morning. Went to her class and asked her teacher for permission to give the choir teacher the contract. So with permission she went to the choir room. Only to find out from the choir teacher that the contract was late, therefore she received her first strike. I was livid because that was not what I understood. So I requested a meeting for my daughter and I with the teacher.



After that meeting my daughter and I discussed the outcome. From which I allowed her to let me know if I were to pursue it further, to which my daughter responded no. Now mind you my daughter was 6. But her response floored me. She turned to me and said, "The teacher is strict but she is fair." She has 75 students in the class and when we are in there we get a lot done. From the mouth of babes. Yet, I am saying all of that to say this. That teacher provided my daughter with progressive growth and the fundamentals to perform along with singing opera, jazz, etc. From there we had her until middle school. I would give anything for a handful of teachers who teach and do not allow disciplinary problems interrupt the purpose for which the students are there. I don't know the extent of your situation. There are all types in this world and 9 times out of 10 you will run across this personality type again. If the student are not getting their lesson and progressing then that would be cause for alarm.

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