Your Child Doesn’t Like His New Teacher | Now What?

One of the most worrisome things for parents when school starts is wondering whether or not your child will like his or her teacher.  I was always anxious to hear about the new teacher after the first day of school, and I crossed my fingers that things went well and they love their new teacher!

Unfortunately that doesn’t always happen.  More than once, I have had one of my children hop in the car only to say, “I don’t like my teacher”.   My heart sinks a little, as I know how this feels (there were a few teachers I had as a child that made me dread the entire school year).

What is a parent to do when they hear those words?  I believe in giving the relationship between a child and his/her teacher a chance to form (a week or two). I don’t believe that a teacher’s personality can really shine through (good or bad) for a few days, and definitely not after only one day.

Give it time:

I would tell my child to give their teacher a fair chance, and to see how it goes for a few more days.  If two weeks passed and my child was still upset, I moved on to the next step.  I would hate to get too far into the school year, with a teacher that may not be best suited for my child.

Take action:

My next step would be to meet the teacher myself.  Sitting down and talking with a teacher can give you a better idea of their style and personality. If I didn’t feel comfortable and agreed with my child, I would put in a request with the principal to have my child moved to a more fitting teacher. Kids do learn much better when they are content with a teacher best suited for them.

Have you ever had to switch teachers for your child? How did you go about it?

Editor’s note: This post was written by Jennifer Regan, author of the Eighty MPH Mom blog and The Speedy Gourmet blog.

Posted on July 26, 2012, in Family, Mom Tips. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Your Child Doesn’t Like His New Teacher | Now What?.

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