Whenever my pediatrician’s office adds a new doctor to its roster, an announcement arrives with the new physician’s bio.
Can someone explain why schools don’t do that with new teachers?
It seems like a simple effort that would yield a lot in community relations. My system sends a letter in late July telling parents that their child has Mr. X or Ms. Y, but gives no other information. Since systems go to the expense and effort to write a letter to each parent and mail it, why not include something like: Timmy will have Mr. X, who comes to us from Elm Street School in Charlotte, N.C. where he taught fourth grade for six years. He is a graduate of UGA and GSU. Mr. X is a former high school soccer player and looks forward to playing with the students at recess.
I am sure that parent volunteers would compile the short bios, if asked, or the teachers themselves could provide their own description for the letter.
I think systems are getting better. My system used to post the class list the night before school began on the school’s front doors, and parents and kids drove over that evening to crowd around to find their assignment. I never understood why as teachers told me that they were assigned their classes weeks earlier so the late-notice seemed unnecessary and deliberate. (In fact, some systems inform students who their next teacher will be during the last week of school in May.)
I suspect – and perhaps some of you know better — that late notice gave unhappy parents less time to protest.
Can anyone explain why systems don’t seem to have this down to a science? Are there implications in this issue that I am not seeing? I wrote a Learning Curve column last year about providing teacher bios and some miffed teachers sent me notes saying that if they had to provide bios, so should parents. That would be fine with me as I think the more information a teacher has about a child, the better it is.