Del wrote:YOU guys can email teachers? YOU guys have time limits for teachers to reply to notes or questions???? (and I am talking UK AND USA here!!!!) Yee gads.. we are lucky to get a teacher interview once a year... and lets play note lotto for finding a time the teacher is available and I am not working... (well cant impede on thier teaching time, lunch time and certainly cant taqlk to them after school right? They have homes to get home to too!)
Can I please come and teach in Australia? Right now I'm fed up to the back teeth with one student + mom. We've been giving this child not only second chances, but also third, fourth, fifth ... well, LOTS of chances. We have talked to the mother, to the kid, to both of them together. We've written letters and called her - we only didn't write her postcards from our holidays. We involved the head teachers, social workers and the school psychologist. NOTHING ever changed in the kid's behaviour.
The problem is that the mother believes that her child can't have done anything wrong and that the fact that the little one has been getting into trouble with more or less every teacher in THREE different schools is of course due to a huge teacher conspiracy. Of course she also accuses us of incompetence.
What really really annoys me is that there are a number of nice kids in my class who might do well if only they got a bit more quality time with their teachers. However, we more or less neglect them at the moment because all our energies are taken up by one kid whose parents are either unable or unwilling to teach their offspring how to behave and then blame it on the school.
This is definitely NOT what I had in mind when I decided to become a teacher.
End of rant.