I have strong feelings about where my child should be placed next year. Should I talk to the principal even though your strongly advise against it?
RoryMc writes: I am in the same boat with my middle child. There is a teacher I REALLY don't want him to have. We just had our end of year conferences and I mentioned this to his current teacher and she bristled a bit. I hope I didn't guarantee that he will get with the teacher we don't like. I wonder if I should have just left it all to chance. *sigh*
Advice from Schoolfamily
cmccarthy writes: As a first grade teacher let me share how we handle teacher requests at our school. When a parent has a very strong feeling about a certain teacher for their child, the parent puts that request in writing to our principal. The letter should include solid educational reasons for requesting a particular teacher. Whenever possible, our principal honors the request.
kennyb writes: Our school usually has a rough draft of class lists just before school is out for the summer. This rough draft may be shared with teachers, but not usually with parents. Sometimes the lists run directly counter to my recommendations to separate certain children who had problems in my classroom this year. The final list is posted at the school the week before school starts, and any parents with serious concerns can then take those concerns up with the principal.