Originally Posted by Fuamami
I just emailed the principal to set up a meeting, and I want to go in prepared. The problem is that I don't have any very specific issues, just that his teacher is VERY disorganized, wastes tons of time looking for things, has terrible classroom management, and yells way too much. Not to mention the endless, mind-numbing worksheets, the constant self-interrupting she does, how she can't remember any of the kids' names, and how she never follows up on the projects she initiates.
She really cannot remember *any* of the kids' names? I have a child (and a husband!) who has difficulty with names. I've posted about it a couple of times, but even he now knows the names of most of the kids in his class. I find it pretty hard to believe that a teacher (kindergarten?) does not remember any of her students' names. She simply couldn't function if that were true. To be honest, if I were the principal, and you said that to me, I probably would think you were just exaggerating and discount the rest of what you said as a parent upset because her kid's unhappy.
To me, the problem with the other things you've listed is that they're all vague. She "wastes tons of time." How much? Is this everyday? Once a week? The day after her daughter took something from her school bag that she needed? I would want really specific examples of what these statements mean. To some people, yelling once is "too much." To others, yelling several times a day would be permissible. (If she does yell frequently, I'm sure they know about it. I've never been in an elementary school where you couldn't hear the teachers outside the classrooms.)
I'm not questioning you to make you defensive, but this would be my response if you set up a meeting with me and said what you're saying here. I really would want something more substantive than just generalized statements about what you think of the teacher's style.