When Your Child’s Teacher Leaves Mid-Year – A Note From the Teacher
A Note From The Teacher
by Jennifer Cummings, M.Ed.
When Your Child’s Teacher Leaves Mid-Year
Once upon a time, teachers were considered to be different than average people, set apart from most other professions. Even today, children can be surprised to see their favorite educator in the local grocery store or mall. But as we all know, teachers are the same as other dedicated and caring professionals that work in a variety of fields.
Just as ‘regular’ workers can leave their positions, teachers, too, may need to leave their positions before the end of the school year. Whether for personal or professional reasons, there are so sometimes when a teacher must step away from their classroom either temporarily or permanently before the end of the year. At these times, parents and students alike may become anxious and concerned about the future.
Though it may be scary for children to think about their favorite teacher leaving the classroom after part of the year, adapting to this kind of change can prove to be healthy for a student. Each time a student works with a new individual it allows them to learn social skills which will allow them to be flexible and work with others. They learn how to understand different expectations and meet new challenges successfully.
For parents i,t can be hard to accept that a new person will teach and look after their child every day. There is a certain amount of comfort when parents have met and worked with the person who is working with their child on a regular basis. Sometimes it is also more difficult for parents to accept changing expectations of a new teacher than it is for students. But parents should keep an open mind and can help their students make the best of the situation by:
Yes, significant staffing changes can disrupt both parents’ and students’ lives in the middle of the school year, but it is important to realize that teachers often do everything they can to complete the school year with the same class. Also, administrators and officials do the best they can to find a suitable replacement for the classroom. With a little cooperation and communication between home and school, you can help your child’s unexpected transition be a positive one instead of a frightening one.
"I believe that families' involvement in their child's education is one of the key ingredients to creating a successful school experience for children. Keeping parents informed about school-related issues helps parents and teachers work together for the best possible outcomes for their children. Learning together makes learning fun - for everyone!" - Jennifer Cummings.
Her publications: Tips from the Teacher provides useful hints and "tricks of the trade" that you can use at home to boost your child's academic progress year after year. And Homelinks Teacher Tools for Communicating with Parents New Skills Strategies, Newsletters and Home Communication Tools for Teachers(grades 2-8)
More Child Education Resources:
US Dept. of Education
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