My son is scared of his reading teacher (male teacher)

Brandee - posted on 09/11/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I was called in today by the school counselor regarding my son (3rd grade). I met with her and his teacher, his teacher said my son sits at his desk and cries when he doesn't know something, like he's afraid to ask for help (not like him at ALL). After recess the class splits up into the groups (he's in an advanced group), he and several other kids go to reading class (sfa), he cries before going to sfa. He told the counselor that this reading teacher yells a lot, is mean and it scares him. His teacher says that he has withdrawn from class, doesn't play with his friends, doesn't participate in class anymore, he does his work, but doesn't pair up with other kids like he use to, says that he doesn't want to go to school. My son is bubbly, outgoing and just a mellow kid, so I don't know what's going on other than what the counselor and his teacher are telling me. Other than going to the school to sit in the class to see what's going on ( pretty sure the sfa teacher Mr. Whatever lol will be on his best behavior) what can I do to help my son?

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Enna - posted on 09/19/2013

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Is there another teacher they could put him with? I would think it would be better for him to be in a lower reading group than to be terrified of his teacher. You can always work with him on extra reading at home. He shouldn't be afraid of his teacher, but sometimes it happens. The teacher may be doing something wrong, or your son could be misinterpreting it. It doesn't really matter which one if your son is scared. He's not going to learn anything in that environment. You could talk to the reading teacher. You could talk to other parents to see if their kids are having trouble with the teacher. And I agree that sitting in on the class isn't likely to help. The teacher will probably be on his best behavior, and he might target your son for causing him problems, or your son could just be embarrassed that you're there. I think the best thing is just to get your son away from him.

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