Dealing With A Poor Teacher: What Can Parents Do When Child's Teacher Seems To Be Ineffective Or Difficult? By Robert Bacal
Yes, there are bad teachers, as there are poor plumbers, engineers, or doctors. Odds are you will come across at least one during the school career of your child, and how you handle it will have an important impact on your child's educational future. In this section you'll find tips and hints.
Be slow to judge, and seek to understand before judging. Of course you care. It's important, and the natural reaction to a teacher who seems not to care, or seems incompetent is to judge, and get angry. You can save yourself a lot of grief, and embarrassment making making the effort to listen, and understand the teacher, even if you feel he or she is patronizing or uninterested in your views. Understanding, and listening should come first.
Try to work things out, and keep your emotions in check. Teachers are human first, and while it may feel like you "want to go to war", remember that the teacher is, in effect, a partner in the future of your child, and if you can both get on the same side, that's better than being permanently on opposite sides. That means that you should conduct yourself in a civil way, and despite your anger, make allowances for his or her imperfections.
Be a little flexible about what you want. Parents sometimes make extreme demands because they care so much, so try to be flexible about finding solutions if you disagree with a teacher. And remember that while you and the teacher can have different opinions about a situation, it doesn't necessary mean he or she is a poor teacher. But maybe it does.
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