What Teacher Did Your Kid Get?

A principal I know told me that in years past, irate parents would line up outside her office on the last day of school, demanding that their children be assigned to a different teacher for the coming school year.

Kind of a buzz kill on a day when exhausted school employees just want to go home.

Many schools now send home teacher assignments during the summer, for this and other reasons. (Some schools with more transient families wait until just a day or two before school starts before forming classes, I’ve been told.)

A super-organized friend set up a spreadsheet with class and team assignments when my oldest was in middle school, which we all filled and and forwarded. This year, some kids seem to know which teacher they have, while my kids are still unaware (and probably not interested in thinking about school yet since we’ve had the shortest summer on record.)

The thing is, you never really know how one teacher will be with certain kids. Two of my kids had a teacher that had a reputation as a meanie. My boys loved her, and she seemed to tolerate them nicely. But another year, we got one of the school's best teachers, according to everybody, and it was a terrible match and a pretty crummy year.

This story addresses trends such as doing away with parents’ input on class assignments, how to not make your kid think his new teacher will be awful, and this advice: Don’t “yell at the principal, pound the desk.” I had never considered yelling and pounding. I can’t imagine that would be the best route to getting the best teacher in school, but apparently it’s been done.

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