Last week all our buddies from our old school in Gwinnett were announcing on Facebook their teachers for next year. Other friends who are also at Gwinnett schools just minutes away came on to complain that they won’t find out their teachers until like two days before school.
I think it’s very interesting that some schools decide to announce ahead of time and other schools wait until the last minute.
Often schools say they won’t announce because they don’t know all their enrollment numbers and may have to make last-minute moves to even class sizes out but I don’t think that’s the main reason. I think they don’t want to hear parents complain and have to deal with requests to move kids. I think it takes a confident principal to release the names at the end of the school year.
However, I think it’s actually very good for students to know ahead of time who they are getting for the next year. (Our school won’t release until the Thursday before school starts.)
One teacher friend, who likes that her school doesn’t announce ahead of time, told me “I don’t want the parents talking about me all summer long.”
So what do you think: Why do you think some schools reveal teachers and other do not? Is it about enrollment or is it about heading off complaints?
Is it better for kids to know the whole summer before or does that increase stress if they don’t like the teacher?
If you’re a teacher tell us where you stand: do you mind if parents know ahead of time? Or do you not want them talking about you?