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Read this on CNN recently. Thought it would make a good discussion.
I can understand all of her points. I try to be on the same team with my son's teacher at all times, and thus far (we are in 2nd grade) I have had not found this difficult at all.
J is not a perfect child, but I work diligently with him at home on his behavior as well as his academics so that when he is at school, the teacher can focus on NEW academic studies. I do not feel it is the teacher's job to teach my child how to behave in a classroom. That is my job, and by not doing it myself, I rob her and the other classmates of valuable class time which should be spent learning, not repeatedly telling Joe to get back into his seat, or to stop talking to his neighbor.
I also feel that the job of "nailing down a concept" falls to the parents. A teacher's job is to introduce a new idea. ONCE. It should then be the parents' jobs to reinforce that idea and make sure their children have a full understanding of it. My son's teacher recently had to spend an ENTIRE TWO WEEKS on simple 4 digit subtraction because her students were not discussing them at home with their parents to gain a full understanding. They have the info--she sends home a weekly syllabus which corresponds to the yearly syllabus so that parents know what we are studying and when, regardless of whether she sends actual homework home for every subject. She tries not to assign more than 3 subjects per day so that children still have time for play and other activities, but she finds that unless the subject matter is covered in actual homework assignments, parents are not reviewing the subjects and concepts their children are learning, and sometimes even those they are struggling with.
We also have Compass at our school. It is an online program where teachers record grades and notes. Parents can then log in with their child's individual username/passwords, and see exactly what they are doing, how they are doing--what they are struggling with, what they are succeeding with, and spot problems long before they get to a point where she has to contact them, but they don't use it. We have 20 kids in our class, nearly 1/2 have never logged into the Compass Program.