What should I do if my child's teacher seems disorganized?

What should I do if my child's teacher seems disorganized?

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First, don't assume the worst. Some wonderful teachers have messy desks. Instead do your homework by volunteering in the classroom. Spending just one day in school will help you assess the problem.

If the teacher relates well to the children, pays attention to their concerns, teaches clearly, gets them to recess and the art room on time, and can put her hands on whatever she's looking for — her roll book, test papers, and art supplies, for instance — then you can assume that she's in control of the class despite the apparent mess.

If the physical disorganization seems to be taking its toll on her teaching technique, however, then schedule a meeting with her. Explain that you'd like to talk about what you observed in the classroom. Start the conversation off by saying something positive about her teaching. You might even want to lead in by admitting how difficult her job is, how tough it is to keep track of all those children and their work. Then you can move on to your observations. Talk as specifically as possible. Explain that she seemed to spend a lot of time looking for things, that the children seemed confused about what they should be doing. And refer to your own child: "Mark comes home after school and doesn't seem sure of what the assignment is" or "Mark never knows for sure if he's having a test the next day."

Hopefully she will listen openly to what you're saying and offer to work harder at keeping track of things. If you have specific ideas, suggest them. Or offer to help in some way. For instance, you could set up a filing system, or donate a large white board and erasable markers so the teacher can record a weekly schedule for the students. If, however, she reacts defensively, then invite her to attend a meeting with you and her immediate superior so you can discuss the problem further. It can be tough to confront a someone with a suggestion like this, but your child deserves a teacher who is on top of her game. As a last resort you could try moving your child to a new class, but this is a drastic option that could be tough on your child, too. Try to work with the teacher and other school personnel first.

Watch the video: Behaviors from Disorganized Kids? (December 2022).

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