I could use some opinions please....

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Registered: 03-25-2003
I could use some opinions please....
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Tue, 06-24-2003 - 6:33pm
I asked earlier in the year about excessive homework.

My daughter was in fourth grade this year. She did fine, but not great. I have a day care in my home and I have three other kids in the same grade. My daughter brought home twice as much homework...many tears, and many more frustrations than the other kids. I have spoken to other parents in the class, and they had similer problems. One boy had to drop out of boy scouts because of the homework. She made the whole class stand up WHENEVER an adult entered the room and say "Good morning/afternoon MRS Harris" even if they were taking a test. (I thought that ws weird)

On the other hand, she learned a lot more than the other kids too. This teacher made the kids give oral reports every month. So, my daughter is very good at speaking in a group. The teacher would not accept questions such as: "Can I?" they had to rephrase it "May I?" There were many positives.

The problem::::: This teacher is looping. That means she is going to teach fifth grade and wants her whole class back. I am torn....Do I want the tears and frustrations? This teacher already knows my daughter, and knows what she can do. I like the extra curriculum, but does she need it?

I know this is not much information...but in the same situation, would you give your O.K to let her loop with this teacher? Or would you take a chance on another teacher?

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Tue, 06-24-2003 - 8:44pm
I had a similar experience with Zachary`s 4th grade teacher we had been rezoned to the school and she had already looped up with her 3rd grade class and they put Zachary in her class. She was an ok teacher but the idea of him having her two yrs in a row bothered me because they have more than one teacher later on and I was afraid he would have trouble transitioning to another teacher`s style of teaching. During the Spring Parent/teacher conference she informed me that Zachary had not fit in with her other students like she would have liked and was not going to be his teacher next yr. In 5th grade he had her for one class since they change classes but not for homeroom his homeroom teacher was strict but he actually liked her better. By the way this teacher that looped up with her kids 3 yrs in a row is going to be teaching 5th grade next yr again. If your dd likes this teacher it might not be bad for her to stay in her class again but if there were conflicts and if there is too much homework maybe she needs a change. You don`t say if your dd will change classes so I am assuming she will have her for every subject. I wish I could be of more help but I feel this teacher ds had actually did her class a dis-service by looping up with them and now they are going to middle school next yr and she will not be there. Just my opinion hope some of my rambling helps.
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Tue, 06-24-2003 - 9:04pm
What does your dd think? If she gets upset at the thought of having the teacher for another year, I would probably inquire about switching teachers. I think this is a tough one! Sorry I can't be of more help. Please keep us posted. -Janet

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Wed, 06-25-2003 - 11:21am
Boy, that's a tough one. I can understand why you're torn: on the one hand, she gained some valuable experiences; on the other, she was miserable at homework time. I would check with your dd, she what her feelings are - she might surprise you. I did the same when Sean was getting frustrated with his homework (he was doing 5th and 6th grade level math). I told him he had the choice to continue doing the advanced math or if he felt it was too much for him, he could go back to doing the regular 4th grade math program. When we got it all hashed out, he elected to stay with the tougher program.

Good luck!!

Best Always,

Sherrie

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