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What Your Child’s Teacher Won’t Tell You: 13 Amazing Things

What isn’t your child’s teacher telling you? As your kids head back to school, uncover what their teachers are really thinking – about students, their jobs, and the work you do as a parent.

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What Your Child’s Teacher Won’t Tell You: Times Sure Have Changed

Here’s something interesting your child’s teacher won’t tell you: Kids used to go out and play after school and resolve problems on their own. Now, with computers and TV, they lack the skills to communicate. They don’t know how to get past hurt feelings without telling the teacher and having her fix it.

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What Your Child’s Teacher Won’t Tell You: Manners Matter

Your child’s teacher won’t tell you that manners are a reflection of his parents’.

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What Your Child’s Teacher Isn’t Telling You: We Wear Many Hats

Your kid’s teacher isn’t telling you that they take on the role of mother, father, psychologist, friend, and adviser every day. Plus, they’re watching for learning disabilities, issues at home, peer pressure, drug abuse, and bullying.

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Your Kid’s Teacher is Too Polite to Say: Enough With the Same Old Gifts

“Please, no more mugs, frames, or stuffed animals,” is something you won’t hear from teachers, but you should! A gift card to Starbucks or The Bay would be more than enough. A thank you note – even better.

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Your Kid’s Teacher Hasn’t Told You: Personalities Stick With Me More Than Performance

Teacher don’t tend to let you know that the students they remember are happy, respectful, and good-hearted, not necessarily the ones with the highest grades.

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Your Children’s Schools Won’t Tell You: They Try to Never Give Up on a Student

Your childrens’ schools won’t tell you what this teacher told us: “My first year of teaching, a fifth-grader actually threw a chair at me. I saw him recently, and he told me he just graduated from college. That’s what makes it all worthwhile.”

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Your Kids’ Teachers Won’t Remind You: We Are Not the Enemy

Parents and teachers really are on the same side, but your kids’ teachers are too polite to remind you!

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Kids’ Teachers Won’t Tell You: It’s Their Homework, Not Yours

Teacher don’t tell you (so no one gets embarrased!): They can tell the difference between a parent helping their child with homework and doing it for them (especially when they’re clueless in class the next day).

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Schools Won’t Tell You: They Get Jaded Too

Teaching is not as joyful as it once was, but teachers won’t tell you about it. Disrespectful students and belligerent parents take a toll.

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Your Children’s’ Teachers Say: Talk to Your Kids

Your children’s teachers can’t do everything for you. Parents give their kids the pricey gadgets and labels, but what kids really crave is for you to talk to them. Kids want to know you are interested in their lives.

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Teacher’s Won’t Tell Parents: “The Dog Ate my Homework”

Nobody says that anymore, but what teacher’s won’t tell you is: We hear a lot of “I left it on the kitchen table.” And then Mom will send in a note to back up the story. Teachers have heard it all!

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Teachers Won’t Tell You to Do Your Dirty Work

Teachers don’t tell parents this, but they certainly should: They wish parents would make their kids own up to their actions instead of pressuring us to bend the rules.

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Your Kid’s Teacher’s Secret: There are Days When I Just Want to Quit

Your kid’s teacher’s biggest secret is: It’s not easy, and some days it doesn’t seem worth it. But then that one smile from that one kid changes it all.

Sources: American Federation of Teachers; interviews with elementary and middle school teachers in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, and Texas.

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