All right, readers, it’s time for a new feature here at the Creek. “Since You Asked” is where I post (and answer) questions you’ve asked me. And, 'cause it’s my blog, I get to ask you questions, too. You can chime in here in the comments or on Facebook.
First up, my friend sent me this message via Facebook the other day.
Q1: How do you feel about requesting certain teachers for your kids? My sister had one bad one and she now always requests certain teachers for her kids. I always felt that I didn't want to "abuse the system" and I should just take what we get and not throw a fit. HA!! But now I’ve heard you MUST request teachers for your kids for them to get the most out of their education. The note they sent home always said that you should have a valid reason academically to request and I kinda figured it wasn't my place. I don't have specifics that I DO want, but I definitely have some that I DON'T want. I'm kinda torn. Wondered if you had any input.
A1: Do it! I will certainly request teachers if I feel the need, and I will throw a fit and stomp my foot on the ground if I don't get the ones I want. How's that for an answer? (just kidding, sort of)
You have a valid academic reason: ______ is very bright but ______(fill in the blank) and needs a specific type of teacher to truly meet his needs. Based on your knowledge of (so and so) you do no feel that they would be a good fit for your son. You don't mean any disrespect - you just want what's best for your son.
It might be that your child is rambunctious, easily bored, timid, struggling with math, insecure, a bully, a bully’s victim, etc., and if you know of a teacher who would be sensitive to your child’s individual needs, request them! It doesn’t necessarily mean the other teachers are “bad” but they might not be the best for your child. A year with the wrong teacher is a LONG time.
Any parents of older children have input? Leave a comment here or on Facebook.
And now, I’ve got two questions for all of you:
Q2: Isaac (11 months old) has started waking up from about 12-2 every night. He seems a little gassy and will NOT go back to sleep during that time, even if I nurse him. If I put him in bed with us, he doesn’t cry – just rumbles around and pulls my hair out, literally. He naps twice a day and goes to sleep between 7-8pm. I’m not sure what’s going on, but it’s making me CRAZY! Ideas? Please help me get some sleep!
Q3: Adam is signed up for preschool next year (will be 4 in July) and I need to decide whether I want him in the morning class or afternoon class. He does not nap in the afternoon, but does get a little tired/crabby at this point. I think morning might be better for him, but afternoon sounds nice to me, because chances are that Isaac will nap in the afternoon and I could get a couple hours to myself. What do you all think?
Please leave your suggestions/answers in the comments here or on facebook.
Have a question you want to ask me or my readers? Send me an email at katieolthoff (at) gmail (dot) com.
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