What do you do when your child gets the teacher that you really didn't want him to have?
We are explicitly told NOT to request a change of placement. We are explicitly told NOT to request a certain teacher. Instead, we are invited to fill out "parental input" forms in the spring describing our children's needs and explaining what kind of environment we think would suit our children best. We are assured that the professional staff at our school puts a great deal of thought into classroom placement and that they take into consideration the parental input forms.
Well, I stepped way out of my comfort zone last spring and filled out one of those forms. I thought I had done a pretty good job of describing the 3rd grade teacher I wanted and the teacher I didn't want. Apparently, I did not do a good job at all, because not only did DS not get either of the 2 teachers I'd hoped for; he got the one classroom out of 4 that I was trying to avoid.
What should I do? I have always felt like the principal and I were on good terms. I volunteer at the school---I'm not one of the ones organizing fund-raisers, but I'm there tutoring kids in reading and helping out in the classrooms. My kids have always been well-behaved and well-liked, and they excel academically. Should I make an attempt to get DS' placement changed? We are told not to do that. I understand that they can't have every parent in the office trying to get certain teachers. But with my older DS, he got this same classroom in 3rd grade and it was awful. In 4th grade, we knew the teacher wouldn't be a good fit and we ended up pulling DS out at Thanksgiving to homeschool him. what if we end up having to homeschool DS2 too? I have a 3 yo and a baby on the way--I don't want to take that on!
WWYD? Talk me down from the ledge! Thanks!!!