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    Default A question for early primary teachers

    Do you actively seek out information about your students and make concessions for those younger students? Or are your expectations the same for every student?

    i am agonising over the decision to hold back my DS2 when the time comes as he'll be 4yrs 8months starting school and I believe this is way too early.

    If I knew that teachers were mindful of the fact that younger students are more likely to struggle in the initial years I feel it may help sway me to send him when he's supposed to.

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    Every student where I worked needs to have an individual education plan written for them and updated at least 4 times a year, so yes- concessions are made based on the circumstances of the individual.

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    Yes our teacher does here. We had 4.5 year olds starting this year and I've seen the way she adapts her expectations as her students range from 4.5 - 7.

    This is in terms of academics. In terms of behaviour she has the same expectations for all, although does not expect things like morning procedure to be done as quickly.

    In general terms, a good teacher will adapt or differentiate their teaching for all students' needs regardless of age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mod-Nomsie View Post
    Every student where I worked needs to have an individual education plan written for them and updated at least 4 times a year, so yes- concessions are made based on the circumstances of the individual.
    This is the same for the school I teach at. Also my school will not enrol a child, if they are not turning 6 the year they go to school (this is a private, Catholic school though)

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    Thank you for your replies

    My other concern is that despite this school having an amazing reputation I'm not happy with two of teachers and one teachers aide that my DD has had so far there. But speaking to other parents who haven't encountered these particular three staff members they are extremely happy with the school and teachers.

    I'm mindful of how impractical it is to request certain teachers but is it just as bad to request he wasn't put in certain classes?

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    The school i send my DD1 to and DD2 will start next year wont accept children on the younger end of the scale their push is for the children to be turning 6 the year they begin school

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    Quote Originally Posted by just her chameleon View Post
    Thank you for your replies

    My other concern is that despite this school having an amazing reputation I'm not happy with two of teachers and one teachers aide that my DD has had so far there. But speaking to other parents who haven't encountered these particular three staff members they are extremely happy with the school and teachers.

    I'm mindful of how impractical it is to request certain teachers but is it just as bad to request he wasn't put in certain classes?
    Every school I know of actively seeks this type of information from parents towards the end of the year when they are trying to do class lists for the next year. I would definitely not consider it rude or poor form to request that your child not be in with certain teachers. We all know in life that some personalities do not gel together, and it makes no difference whether one of those people is an adult and the other a child (although one would hope that the adult would rise above and treat the child just like any other in the class, but I am aware that that seems to be wishful thinking, sadly!)

    Definitely request who or who you don't want your child to be put in with!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mod-Nomsie View Post
    Every school I know of actively seeks this type of information from parents towards the end of the year when they are trying to do class lists for the next year. I would definitely not consider it rude or poor form to request that your child not be in with certain teachers. We all know in life that some personalities do not gel together, and it makes no difference whether one of those people is an adult and the other a child (although one would hope that the adult would rise above and treat the child just like any other in the class, but I am aware that that seems to be wishful thinking, sadly!)

    Definitely request who or who you don't want your child to be put in with!
    That's good to know. I did request she was moved from her prep class in week two last year due to me witnessing a little boy being called a baby and dragged crying to the naughty chair during reading groups

    This year her grade 1 teacher is nice enough but very abrupt and a yeller. My DD copes well with just about anyone but my boys are highly sensitive and would struggle with this type of teacher.

    And this teachers aide... mmm I'm not sure how I can approach this. She belittles the students when they don't know something. "This is a prep sight word for goodness sake. What is wrong with you?!"

    My DD's reading group was given a level 16 reader despite them only up level 13 and then they got in trouble when they didn't know all the words


 

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