Wendi - posted on 09/27/2009 ( 166 moms have responded )
My daughter is in third grade and I have been having a problem with a lot of the things her teacher is doing. For starters, she yells at the class all the time. She yelled at them because not enough parents brought in tissues (part of the school supplies), My daughter brought hers in (not that it really matters), but still got screamed at with the rest of the class. She has kept the whole class in from recess because a couple of kids didn't score well on test, she reads their test score out loud and makes comments on them (Valerie got a 50 on her test, she must not have been trying). She doesn't give clear directions for homework, then yells if they do it wrong. One night we were unclear, so I had her do more that I thought she was supposed to because we had missed stuff in the past. Savannah got yelled at and told "I might want to assign that another night and you've already done it! I have never heard of someone yelling because they did too much work! She told them on conference day that she was not going to put any of their work up because she was not going to embarass them and their parents by showing their work (how dare she tell my child I'm embarassed of her!).
When I went in for the conference (There was no work displayed for any of the kids) she was almost hateful when she talked about my child. She started the conversation with "She's not even trying!" and it went downhill from there. My daughter has ADD and the things she was discribing are very typical behavior for that (starring off into space, disorganization, not finishing things). I know it's frustrating, but my daughter is also one of the sweetest, most polite, most loving children (this is not just a mother talking, I'm getting this from every other teacher she has ever had). She seems to have a lot of anger towards Savannah.
Savannah loves her classmates, but she's afraid of her teacher. She is very sensitive and is very much a people-pleaser. I'm not real sure what, if anything, I should do. What do you think?