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post #101 of 103

"open door" does not = come whenever you please.  

 

It means "Please come and visit, at OUR convenience." 

 

It takes A LOT of energy for a teacher to keep a class focused. A distraction like an unannounced visitor can be SO upsetting when you've spent the better part of a half-hour just to get the children focused. AGAIN.  

 

It feels like a disaster. I know it makes me want to pull my hair out.  

 

Ummm....I do not think that teacher was unstable...

I do think she was very pissed at once again having to stop the class and deal with yet one more distraction out of about the million she had that day.  

 

If I were the OP I would try to understand the teacher's position and to let her know next time I wanted to drop in.  I would also try to understand that the teacher's reaction was not about worrying she was going to get "getting caught" being a bad teacher....it was mostly about frustration.    

post #102 of 103

She may have been frustrated, but the response was not professional.

post #103 of 103

I haven't read all the posts after the first page, but from my initial impressions I agree with what everyone else has said. 

 

First off, I am a teacher, and while we don't have an official open door policy at my school, we do try to be welcoming to our parents.  After all, we have a great bunch especially for a low-income neighborhood.  They try to be very involved and supportive of our school, so why wouldn't we want to welcome them? 

 

I had a similar situation happen, and I can't say I reacted *much* better than the teacher you are discussing.  Granted, I didn't give a look of pure hatred, or discuss it with the parents afterward (there wasn't really a change), but I am fairly certain I didn't handle it as professionally as I should have.

 

My students were working, and my door was open (we keep our doors open unless there is a lockdown), and a parent just walked in and started talking to her son.  A)  I had her son working on something independently, B)  It was one of the few times I was demanding silence from all of my students (I like a loud classroom in general, so this is rare), and here is this woman, coming in, disobeying the rules I had set-up for the situation, without so much as a hello/knock/"May I come in and chat with my son for a couple of minutes?" type of introduction. 

 

My reaction was to pretty much ignore her after I gave what I am pretty sure was a look of, "What the heck are you doing woman????"  I have to admit, I still have trouble dealing with this parent after that first impression. 

 

On the other hand, I do believe I should have handled my situation more professionally, (Perhaps a, "Can I help you?" and then a short but friendly conversation afterwards saying that if she could just check with my before entering the classroom to ensure she isn't interrupting something important, as I have a couple of students who have difficulty focusing) and if she had a problem with that, I can refer her to my principal.  And basically, if I feel I should have been much more professional, you can just imagine how poorly I think your child's teacher reacted.

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