Qualities desired in next year\'s teacher...

Posted on: Wed, 04/11/2007 - 5:54am
luvmyboys's picture
Joined: 05/25/2006 - 09:00

It's time to write a letter to the principal stating our preferences for class placement for 1st grade. We cannot request a teacher(wouldn't know who to request anyhow), just state our child's needs/priorities. DS is PA,TNA,SFA.

How would you concisely communicate what qualities in a teacher are best suited to deal with MFA? [b]Experience[/b] managing allergies in the classroom would be a nice asset. [b]Communication[/b] with the parents is key. I would think being [b]approachable[/b] for our socially anxious child would be important as well in case he has a problem or concern. Anything else?

btw we do have a 504 and peanut free classroom [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]


[This message has been edited by luvmyboys (edited April 11, 2007).]

Posted on: Wed, 04/11/2007 - 7:04am
julieneaman's picture
Joined: 01/11/2004 - 09:00

Structure and Organization are always at the top of my list!

Posted on: Wed, 04/11/2007 - 7:29am
caryn's picture
Joined: 11/20/2002 - 09:00

detail oriented would be another characteristic i would look for

Posted on: Wed, 04/11/2007 - 7:37am
ajas_folks's picture
Joined: 04/28/2000 - 09:00

Quality teacher must have --
[b] [i] A SPINE [/i] [/b] to be able to stand up to other parents who constantly push for exceptions to no-food or food-contents restrictions!!
Just my opinion.
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Posted on: Wed, 04/11/2007 - 7:46am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

[b]Flexibility[/b] and even [i]enthusiasm[/i] for curriculum/lesson modifications...
so as to not hear the sulkily delivered, 'but if I change it, they can't _______' Better for the teacher to enjoy thinking about new ways of doing things instead of dreading this inevitability. KWIM?
I might even go so far as to inquire about any teachers who prefer to keep food in the classroom to a minimum.

Posted on: Wed, 04/11/2007 - 11:35am
PA-Mom's picture
Joined: 09/18/2006 - 09:00

Creativity - someone who will think outside of the box and include everyone in activities. Who will not use the old "well that's what we've always done, that's what we always eat for this occasion" someone who can use a little creativity to maybe even make the project/activity, etc better.

Posted on: Fri, 04/13/2007 - 7:57am
ajas_folks's picture
Joined: 04/28/2000 - 09:00

Someone who is willing to work with our PA situation INDIVIDUALLY -- especially if the teacher has dealt with PA previously -- wouldn't want to deal with someone who now considers him/herself to be an expert because of dealing with PA in year prior. "we did it this way and I see no reason to do it differently this year"
(FYI, cloning hasn't happened yet. For real.)

Posted on: Fri, 04/13/2007 - 8:25am
Peanut Militia's picture
Joined: 03/06/2007 - 09:00

If PA is new to all potential teachers, I would want a teacher who knew her way around a classroom and still knew how to be flexible. A new teacher would be learning the PA and how to teach the class. A teacher getting ready to retire might not want to be bothered with new tasks and 'could' be set in her ways.
A teacher with 504/IEHP experience would also be helpful.
The 'ideal' teacher would be someone with an immediate family member with severe allergies and who understood your child allergies are their own animal.

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