Hi all. I have 7 year old twins going into grade three. For the first time we've split them up, a decision made between the girls, the parents, and their second grade teacher. It's good, they were ready to be in separate classes.
The problem? One of my girls, the stronger one academically, is in the best grade three class, with really nice teachers (co-taught). My other daughter who is VERY sensitive, was put into the class with the "mean" teacher (by reputation) who is retiring next year apparently. Now, I'm not one to just go by hearsay so I have given her the benefit of the doubt but today my child told me that she doesn't like her teacher, she's mean, and she used her as an example of what the class was doing wrong in a demeaning way that made her feel "sad" and "bad" - so it looks like the stories are ringing true and this teacher has no patience and pretty much yells at the kids all day.
I know my girl, and she will struggle with this situation. How can I approach this woman (who other teachers say can be "terrifying" when mad - their words not mine) and convince her that for the sake of my child's education and well being this year, we need to sort this out.
Any teachers out there with some advice or thoughts?
Thanks! This is all new to me and I am a worrier so of course it's really hard. I haven't said a word to my child though about how I'm feeling because I don't want to make her feel worse. I've just tried to encourage her to talk about her day and to know she can come to me.