I'm trying to get more info, but the teacher hasn't called me back like she said she would, and isn't really communicating with me via email. All she says is stuff like "I hope tomorrow will be a good day", which doesn't tell me anything. I've tried to catch her after class, but she hasn't been in the classroom.
I emailed her and the principal yesterday, saying that we need to schedule a meeting as soon as possible.
There has been one very clear case in the past of a teacher flat-out bullying DD, but that was over a different issue (it came about at a Catholic school when she decided against first communion), and was something I saw with my own eyes and was backed up by the other parents (and the principal absolutely refused to intervene). We got DD out of that school before the end of that year, but she's never been quite the same.
Due to that experience (and my strong desire to not have her go through that again), I'm worried that I might just be a little oversensitive about this kind of thing- however, I do feel that some definite lines have been crossed already this year.
Last week, for example, this teacher had my daughter call me from within the classroom and tell me she was being bad (for talking in class and doodling on the desk with a pencil, which came right off). She was crying on the phone, and when I found out that she was forced to make that call in front of all of the other students, I was livid. I think that clearly crosses the line from discipline into punishment-by-public-humiliation. (The teacher refused to talk to me when my daughter had me on the phone, and said she would call me later but did not.)
I made it clear both to the teacher and the principal that this was unacceptable and should not happen again.
joensally- This is a new teacher. School's been in session for a little less than a month. I'd really like to get the teacher's end of the story, but I've been unsuccessful so far.
JollyGG- Thanks for the perspective. I don't really know much about this teacher, and it may just be an overload issue or a personality clash or something. Hopefully she'll talk to me so I can figure out how I can help.
That sounds pretty similar to my school experience, which is another reason I worry I might be oversensitive.