I am working on filling out my kindergartener’s environmental form for next year’s teacher, and I sent her current teacher a note looking for any suggestions.
You can’t request a specific teacher but you can say in what type of environment your child would learn best.
This is what I quickly wrote to her:
“I am filling out Lilina’s environmental form for next year and wondered if you had suggestions for it . …My main thing is she is social, happy child. She loves to learn and I don’t want her beaten down. I think she needs some structure but is creative. And she needs lots of love…. Let me know what you think if you get the chance??”
So essentially I am looking for a teacher who loves to teach, is excited for her students to learn and loves her students. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.
Now Lilina is only going into the first grade but I think love is essential for all grades. Obviously you want a teacher who knows their subject but if all teachers come from a place of love isn’t that best for the students?
I know that I love my university students. I want them to succeed, and I will do whatever I can to help them. I let them text me, email me and even call when they need help. My husband thinks I’m crazy but if they’ve tried to figure it out then I don’t mind them calling for help.
If I see them struggling, I call meetings with them to discuss what’s going on.
A few weeks back I sat with a student and went through every story she had turned in during the semester to help her understand that she was making the same writing mistakes over and over again.
I put notes on their work telling them how far they have come in their writing and how proud I am of them.
At the end of the semester, I feel like a mother bird launching them off into the world hoping I taught them everything they need to know to fly.
I want my kids’ teachers to feel that same way. I want for them to worry and care that my children succeed and to give them love just like I do for my university students.
Does love matter in the classroom? Is it too much to ask from our teachers? Should they not be teaching if they don’t love their students? What traits are you looking for in next year’s teacher?