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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.