Information for Teachers

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Registered: 12-10-2007
Information for Teachers
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Thu, 09-23-2010 - 9:00am

With it being DS's first year of school (kindergarten), I'm new to all of this stuff!



The kids have folders they bring home with them each day in their backpacks. The school/teacher puts daily information, homework, etc., for the parents. One side of the folder are things that stay at home, the other side is to take back to school.



Anyway, yesterday there were a few forms DS's teacher wanted the parents to fill out. It was 3 pages long. It asked for the name/s of parents, contact email and phone numbers, address, who lives in the home, if the children are divorced what home the child lives in, how often the child sees the other parent if divorced, any siblings, as well as things about the child - for instance, what TV shows do they watch, what activities do they enjoy, any fears, hospitalizations, major illness/death in the family that affected the child, etc.



Personally I think it's a great thing that they do this - I believe what goes on in a child's home is a large indicator of how they may behave in school, and I think it's great the teachers want to know these things.



Do anyone else's kids have teachers who do this? Is this pretty much standard?



What type of information do you share or not share? If you are a teacher, what kind of information do you like to know about your students' home and personal lives?



What types of information do you think should absolutely NOT be shared?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-08-2003
Thu, 09-23-2010 - 9:12am

My kid got one sent home yesterday... wanted to know where she was born, where I was born, ethnicty and race questions, housing questions, SSN, tons of questions about languages, and wanted to know if I would be responsible for my kids library books...



I answered that English was our first language, her birthday, nothing about ethnicity and race as that is normally optional, and crossed on that *I* will be responsible for a fourth grade students books and wrote that I will hold my 9 year old responsible for them...



No SSN, no housing questions, didn't answer about me, where she was born has nothing to do with anything, and I refuse to answer any health questions that have nothing to do with school ... I'd answer "peanut allergy" but I won't put her other stuff down as it has nothing to do with the school and it is not their business...

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Registered: 09-13-2009
Thu, 09-23-2010 - 9:14am
Its hard to say why they ask certain questions.
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iVillage Member
Registered: 12-10-2007
Thu, 09-23-2010 - 9:18am

Its hard to say why they ask certain questions.

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Registered: 02-04-2010
Thu, 09-23-2010 - 9:19am

I'm really surprised that they ask this much information! I don't have school aged kids and so I had no idea that they collected this kind of information. Contact info and allergies is obvious, but divorces, how often they see other parent, etc...that all seems intrusive and unnecessary if you ask me. Only if a child was exhibiting some kind of behavioural or emotional problem in the class would I expect a teacher to inquire further. Otherwise, it's really none of their business.



Can any Canadians tell me what kind of information is routinely collected in the school?

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Registered: 12-10-2007
Thu, 09-23-2010 - 9:23am

I'm really surprised that they ask this much information! I don't have school aged kids and so I had no idea that they collected this kind of information. Contact info and allergies is obvious, but divorces, how often they see other parent, etc...that all seems intrusive and unnecessary if you ask me. Only if a child was exhibiting some kind of behavioural or emotional problem in the class would I expect a teacher to inquire further. Otherwise, it's really none of their business.



I don't really feel that way, but I can understand why some people may. I'm pretty much an open book in all aspects of my life. I'm not ashamed or embaressed about being divorced - I don't really care who knows it to be honest. (not saying anyone is ashamed or embaressed if you don't want a teacher to know - I personally just think it's helpful for teachers to know this). I believe the teacher knowing these things ahead of time may make them more aware or sensitive with issues that are discussed in the classroom (family, etc).

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Registered: 03-09-2009
Thu, 09-23-2010 - 9:29am

Here's a link to the form I filled out just this year. My child is not in kindy so I only printed and filled out the first 3 pages. If your child were starting JK or SK, then you'd fill out the whole thing (with anything you felt was relevant).

http://www.nearnorthschools.ca/docs/GR1-8%20Registration%20Form.pdf

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-22-2009
Thu, 09-23-2010 - 9:29am

I'm really surprised that they ask this much information! I don't have school aged kids and so I had no idea that they collected this kind of information.



Our school never has.



Contact info and allergies is obvious, but divorces, how often they see other parent, etc...that all seems intrusive and unnecessary if you ask me.



I agree!



Only if a child was exhibiting some kind of behavioural or emotional problem in the class would I expect a teacher to inquire further.



Yep, and if there is a behavioral problem, they can discuss it with me and not attempt some sociological diagnosis based on the fact that the kids come from a "broken home" or watch too much Spongebob.

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Registered: 07-22-2009
Thu, 09-23-2010 - 9:35am

I don't really feel that way, but I can understand why some people may. I'm pretty much an open book in all aspects of my life. I'm not ashamed or embaressed about being divorced - I don't really care who knows it to be honest. (not saying anyone is ashamed or embaressed if you don't want a teacher to know - I personally just think it's helpful for teachers to know this). I believe the teacher knowing these things ahead of time may make them more aware or sensitive with issues that are discussed in the classroom (family, etc).



I'm not ashamed or embarassed either.

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-08-2003
Thu, 09-23-2010 - 9:36am

Its hard to say why they ask certain questions.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-10-2007
Thu, 09-23-2010 - 9:46am

Further, how often does an issue of how much time you spend with a NCP come up in the daily teachings of kindergarten?



I don't think it's that issue that could come up, but just the

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