Parenting Tip: Who’s in Charge Here?

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Parenting Tip: Who’s in Charge Here?



At some point and time we've all seen it…a parent who cannot control their child.  Either in the store or maybe at the family Thanksgiving gathering, ‘Sit down Johnny’ ,can only be said nicely a few thousand times before you want to tie a little knot in Johnny.  Would you leave your child in the hands of this type of person?  You've probably been made to choose between taking the little ones (or bigger ones) with you and leaving them with this type of person. Hopefully you didn't have to do either.  These types of people could have the best of hearts. They could be the kindest people in the world, but alas, they have no control over children.
Unfortunately, there are also people like this in the world of teaching.  Some teachers have a wonderful heart, a love for children and the best intentions, but no way to grab ATTENTION and MAINTAIN discipline in the classroom.  The principal and other administrators will not tell you this on the first day of school.  While this is beneficial information, think of it this way, no one, in any business or company will let the consumers in on the issues or problems that have yet to be resolved.  Understandably so, who wants to contribute to the already dwindling or questionable confidence in schools?
This having been said, classroom management is a key ingredient in any learning environment.  While you may not know if your child is in the hands of a teacher who is excellent classroom manager, there is a way for you determine this.  For instance you can either contact an administrator or if you prefer the element of surprise, drop by and observe your child’s classroom*.   While you are there look for the following:
  • Are the children listening?
  • Are the children engaged in instruction and activities?
  • Do the children respectful of the teacher, themselves and others?
If you do not like what you see, you have every right to, not only complain, but expect the administration, principal and even the district office (if necessary) to do something about your concerns.
*Be mindful that certain times of the year can make children a little bit more rambunctious than usual. American Holidays, the beginning and end of the year, half days or Fridays for instance can require mastery skills from even the best teachers. A ‘normal’ day in fall, winter, spring however…should make for a great time to visit and check in on routine activities/lessons.

Have you ever visited your child’s classrooms? What did you see?

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