Hello out there, and a question...m

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Hello out there, and a question...m
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Tue, 08-21-2007 - 4:27pm

Just thought I'd start something!!

Maria :)                


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Sat, 08-25-2007 - 9:32pm
Hmmm... all school districts are different, so I don't know their rules about hiring long term substitutes. However, a kind of sneaky way to help this teacher with her pronunciation may be to give her some CDs of French music or some French movie titles to listen to/watch during her maternity leave. It may help -- and she may just think that you are being sweet.
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Wed, 08-22-2007 - 3:19pm
Thanks for your input.

Maria :)                


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Wed, 08-22-2007 - 12:20am

That is really unfortunate about the French teacher. I took French grades 6 - 12 and part of my first year of college. 6 - 8 grade, I had a very American French teacher with an absolutely beautiful (I realize now) French accent. Grades 9, 10, and 12, I had a teacher from Haiti, whose accent was so strong that we had a hard time telling when he was speaking French and when he was speaking English. 11th grade, a teacher from Quebec. In college, my TA was from Madagascar -- beautiful French accent.

After that little trip down memory lane, it is going to be really hard to approach the principal about changing the teacher without "sounding snooty" unless there is a concern about your child's rapport with the teacher or the teacher's professionalism toward your child.

It can be tricky when getting long term substitutes for things like maternity leave. You can certainly ask the principal about that without worrying about stepping on toes. It really depends on your area. In my hometown, for example, it was quite easy to find a sub who could do French class because we were surrounded, quite literally, by universities and colleges.