School started today!
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I am so happy that he had a great first day!
Do you know why the parents were requesting not to get this teacher?
Pretty much all of the lower grades and over half the upper grade kids at our elementary are terrified of the teacher Philip got (and wanted desperately). She is stricter and expects a lot from her students. The kids deliver though and the ones who have her, love her. Part of it is they quickly realize that if she doesn't have to deal with basic class room management they can get through the academic stuff quicker and then they get to do things like have an all day "read-in". A "read-in" is basically a day where they bring their books, get to lounge around the class room reading alone and in groups. Talking about the books. Snacks are brought in and it is kind of like a party, just with an academic twist. This teacher even has a reputation among the parents as being tough both academically and on the behavior front. I know a number of parents who didn't want her because they didn't want to have to deal with her because their child wasn't following the rules or they think she expects too much academically. I had a few people concerned that Philip would be having a hard time in her class. He couldn't be happier.
Wow I love the idea of the read-in.
She sounds like she would be a good teacher for kids getting ready to go into middle school.
At back to school night on Wednesday she talked about cutting the strings, letting them take responsibility for their school work and homework. She said that we will be doing them a big favor if we do it this year and next because they will be better prepared for middle school.
There is nothing wrong with giving tests. Philip's teacher gives pre-tests before they cover curriculum required subject matter. I like that because if everyone gets it they can move on to other things quickly.