Saturday, April 21, 2018
Parenting & Relationships

Did your child get the 'good' teacher?

School starts Tuesday and my kids are eager to see their new classrooms and meet their new teachers.

My 7-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter attend excellent schools, so I'm confident that they'll have wonderful teachers again this year.

Despite my optimism, I've found that some parents don't share the same excitement about their child's teacher.

Before the school year even begins, parents gossip and chatter about which teachers are the best. I constantly hear friends talking about a particular teacher that they really hope their child will get, and if they don't, then they're not happy about it.

I've even heard opinions from some of my friends who were teachers at my son's school. When my son was in kindergarten, my teacher friend told me that he got the "best teacher" out of the four. His teacher did end up being wonderful, but it's hard for me to know if she was really any better than the other three.

Sometimes teachers who aren't rumored to be the best turn out to be great. One friend told me that her daughter's teacher was very strict. Though most of the parents didn't like this, my friend had high praise for this teacher because her daughter ended up thriving in this environment.

Children respond differently to various teaching styles, so what's great for one student may not be so good for another.

Some parents want to have a say in which teacher their child will get. Most schools don't permit you to pick your child's teacher, but a number of schools do allow you to make requests.

Some parents go to great lengths to ensure their child gets a certain teacher, even choosing to serve on the PTA board.

The unwritten rule says PTA volunteers are guaranteed teacher preference.

Though I applaud PTA volunteers, I think they do their children a disservice if they handpick their teachers.

As parents, we can't always choose who we think is the best leader for our kids. The same is true for coaches, dance teachers and other people who guide and instruct our children. Kids grow and learn from different teaching styles and disciplines, and this helps shape their futures.

I loved some of the teachers I had growing up, while others I just liked. Some were tough while others were lenient, but I still learned from them all. The variety of personalities and philosophies make us well rounded.

As parents, we want our children to have a top-notch education. We need to have confidence in our teachers and not judge them based on others' opinions.

A teacher who isn't rumored to be the best might end up being the most wonderful teacher your child has ever had.

Danielle Hauser is a married mother of two who lives in the Westchase area.

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