Martha - posted on 01/05/2015 ( no moms have responded yet )
My seventh grade daughter has wanted to be an actress ever since she was a toddler. She watched in awe as my older son went through middle school and acted in several plays. She heard lots of good things about the Middle School Drama Teacher, Mr. R. This year, she finally had him for classes and he targeted her terribly. She has always been extremely sensitive to criticism and she really wants teachers to like her, but she often comes home angry and embarrassed because he insulted her behavior in front of the class.
She was in the after-school Fall Play in the fall, and she skipped one practice because of a prior engagement. This caused Mr. R to get even worse. She got a very small part in the play and not the grade she deserved in his class. When Mr. R handed out Play Awards (paper plate medals saying the highlights of the kids' play experiences) my daughter's award said nothing other than that he liked teaching her older brother. She was very disappointed.
The Spring Musical is coming up and she does not want to try out because of this teacher. I know that she still wants to become an actress but is trying to give up on that dream, but I know she has talent. How can I convince her to join the Musical? I can't talk with the school because the teacher has technically not broken any rules, and trying to convict him would make it worse for my daughter.
I just want her to get through Middle School with her head held high so that she can get to upper school still with her one dream of becoming an actress.