grade 1 school dramas , possibly a term behind in work

Samantha - posted on 05/14/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )




I am having trouble with my 5 y/o and her teacher. The teacher is saying that its the 5y/os responsibility to get her school work and home work done , that she daydreams , doesnt listen and ends up scribbling in her exercise books so my kid spends 2 of the 3 breaks in class redoing projects. The teacher will complain to me and i understand most of what she is saying but when she tells me things like " i dont want to give up on your kid........" , " its the 5 y/os responsibility to get the work done not her responsibility to catch it up " and " you should be making her do this work through the day"

so im irritated with the teacher because some of the things that she is telling me is part of her freakin job not mine. from 830 - 3.00 is her time to get her shit together and teach the class and implying that i have to quit my job to help her with my kid who doesnt have ear , eye or mental problems and im irked because she compares my child to other children and then tries to imply that my kid is dumb and that she has given up on her.

My kid is pretty smart and im not saying that cos im her mum lol but its like shes bored or the teaching methods this teacher is using are so out dated. Im considering a trip to the principles office to maybe change classes as this teacher has made it clear that she has given up on her and ive been doing the exercises she has been suppose to be doing at home but she flies through them at home with no help but at school fails, im just at an odd and need some advice before i go to the principle


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Betty - posted on 05/14/2010




I believe your child is very smart in my ten years of teaching children reading.I have come across a few children that are so bright that what the teacher is saying is boring. Also your child it appears from what you described maybe a kinesthetic learner. She learns my doing. If teachers do not accommodate all the learning style kids are either bored and or they fall through the cracks. I hope this helps!

Angie - posted on 05/14/2010




I don't think the teacher meant to imply that you have given up on your child or that she thinks she is "dumb" but that she is going to be continuing to work with your child until school is out. I agree that it is your child's responsbility to get her work done and I understand that the teacher has many other students in her class and can't devote all of her time to yours. HOWEVER, it might be wise for your dughter to move closer to the teacher's desk so that she's being watched more closely and kept on task. It's an easy way to give her the extra attention she needs without the teacher having to spend too much time with only one child and neglecting the other 20 children in the class..

Michelle - posted on 05/14/2010




You may have hit it on the head when you said, "its like shes bored or the teaching methods this teacher is using are so out dated" She may be bored and ready to move on to the next level or the teachers teaching methods may not be working for your daughter. Most schools are preparing for the end of the school year so going to the principal may not work at this point in the game but you can always go to him/her and let him/her know what is going on so they can put your daughter with a teacher with a different teaching style next school year.

Good luck and I hope you have a good relaxing summer and your daughter enjoys 1st grade.

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