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My child was held back last year and she was given the same teacher this year. The two do not get along at all, all I hear is negative from her about my daughter no positive. I have thought about going to the principle to have her moved to a different class. What should I do?




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My child was held back last year and she was given the same teacher this year. The two do not get along at all, all I hear is negative from her about my daughter no positive. I have thought about going to the principle to have her moved to a different class. What should I do?


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LiviaMcCoy writes:
I believe you should request a meeting with the principal. It would be a good idea to spend some time thinking about specific things that were problems for your child last year before going to the meeting. I would write these things down and take your child's father with you to lend you support if at all possible. (If not, take another family member or close friend.) Try to keep the conversation centered on the child and her needs. It will be important to avoid confrontation. Just logically make the case for why you would like to have your daughter placed in another teacher's classroom. It seems one strong point is that your child (for whatever reason) was not able to succeed working with this teacher and she deserves a chance to succeed working with someone else. She also deserves to have a teacher who sees her strengths and positive traits! You could begin the conversation with, "Thank you so much for taking time to meet with me. I would like to talk to you about how together we might help my daughter have a better year this year." Stay positive, but firm. Good luck!
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cmccarthy writes:
By all means request a meeting with the principal to ask that your child be moved to another class! All children need to be in a positive, nurturing environment to grow and learn. It is very rare that a repeating child stays with the same teacher. The change is usually made to give the child a fresh start. Your daughter needs someone who can focus on her strengths, not her weaknesses. If your school cannot accomodate this request, take the matter to the Superintendent of schools for your community. The very fact that you asked this question shows your love and concern for your daughter. Don't give up...a more positive experience at this point in your daughter's educational development could impact the rest of her life.
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Kimble writes:
If you are only fearing negative comments, follow your instincts. Make an appointment with the principal. List your concerns. The school should accommodate the change.
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emros writes:
Don't let her go back to that class. She needs a fresh start. She needs somebody who sees her as capable of success. It's the pygmalian affect, where kids often reflect what their teachers see in them.
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