6 Tips for Finding the Best Fit at School
Mar 09, 2006 12:00AM
It’s much easier to avoid classrooms that won’t work for your child than to deal with a problem in the middle of a school year. With your child’s needs in mind, gather as much information as you can now to determine the best fit for next year. Here are 6 strategies to find the best fit.
- Network with other parents. Learn what they know about your child’s potential teachers. Keep in mind that your child may love being in one classroom, even though a close friend didn’t like it.
- Talk to the teachers to get a feel for their teaching styles. Ask if and when you could observe their classes.
- Talk to older students to find out their opinions on past teachers and whom they would recommend and why.
- Volunteer. If your child is in elementary school, see if you can volunteer in the next grade up to get a feel for the classroom atmosphere.
- Look for opportunities to see how a teacher interacts with her students as individuals and as a class. For instance a school assembly may provide an opportunity to observe.
- Ask your child’s current teacher who he or she feels would be the best fit for your child for next year. Once you have a clear preference, fill out a teacher request form or write a letter of request to the school principal. It doesn’t hurt to talk to the teacher you are requesting and your child’s current teacher and let them know your preference too.