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Teacher and class assignments come out right before school starts in our town. Going to the school to see the class postings is always an emotionally-charged event. What if your kids don’t have friends in their class? What if they don’t like their teacher? What if they don’t KNOW the teacher because he or she is new? This writer from Atlanta shares their beef about schools not sharing a new teacher’s bio with parents. And so a heated debate begins! Check out the comments at the end of the attached article.
So, is part of the equation of parent involvement knowing more about the teacher? Certainly, it’s helpful for the teacher to know some background about your child and your family. But to foster the parent- teacher relationship, do we need to know details about the teacher? From a parent’s perspective, I’m thinking that at a minimum it’s nice to know even anecdotal information about a new teacher. For instance, she grew up on the west coast, has loved science since she was little… you get the picture. That way you can pass this information along to your child so they have of a mental picture of their teacher and feel some connection before starting school. Ease the transition, as they say.
Should schools be required to give parents bios on new teachers? What does your school do? We’d love to hear from you!