Teacher-Student Relationships: Ages 0-5
Slow and Steady
When a preschooler appears to dislike a teacher, longtime early childhood educator and co-author of "Monday Morning Leadership" Evelyn Addis warns parents against jumping the gun and hastily switching classes or schools. When a child begins preschool, he may be responding negatively to the overwhelming experience of school rather than a specific teacher. "Allow a period of adjustment for your child in any new classroom setting," says Addis. "It takes time for classes to come together as a group."
Most schools welcome parents to observe a child's classroom in action, particularly when a concern arises. But beware: A short classroom observation doesn't present a true picture of an entire instructional day, and a parent's presence can alter a child's behavior. If complaints about a teacher persist, document your concerns and set up a conference with the teacher. Brainstorm a plan for addressing problem areas, along with a plan for daily or weekly communication to monitor the situation, Addis advises.
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