My son is having issues with his "world language teacher" and struggling with the subject as well.
When his grade in the subject began to drop, I contacted the teacher to get her suggestions. Rather offering any gestures of help, she blamed my son's habit in her class, such as sitting in the back engaging in chatting with friends. At that time, I took her word for it and scolded my son.
Months later I contacted her again when I found my son got a C in Spanish due to missing "assignment”. Below is the email exchange.
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First, I was irritated by her seemingly "condescending tone" in her email response. "You should know that your child did this and did that!" I first double-checked my previous email(above) to see if there's any possibility to trigger her overly defensive reaction like that.
Also, I checked with my son if he ever did Science assignments during her language class. My son said he never did. Did he ever get caught while doing science work in her class? If it is was just her impression, I think she should've either checked with my son first or worded it differently such as "It SEEMS your son was working on math in my class". I'm a teacher myself and I know how risky it is to communicate negative assumptions about a student with his/her parents when there's no clear evidence.
The teacher has very bad reviews on "RateMyTeacher" and those reviews match exactly my son says of the teacher. My son began to take this language class(basic level) with 0% prior knowledge of the language and has no family members who speak it at home. Understandably, it takes fundamental effort and support with the very basics of the language for him to reach the level to understand the teacher’s instructional presentation in the language.He may get easily confused and distracted when there are not enough opportunities to ask questions for clarification in class. My son says the teacher often dismisses questions from students in class saying they have to ask her after class. Has she been very supportive of answering myriad questions after class?
Is she well aware that in her language class there are some students like my son who needs help with the basics of the language and has she offered appropriate help for them? If not, it only feeds to the tendency of getting distracted in class as the student can't understand it and thus can’t spark his interest in the language subject.
I'm not defending my son's behavior of sitting back and engaging in chatting though.. I'm just stressing the need for help to have him learn and get interested in the language subject. At this time, he completely lost his interest in it and does not feel at all that the teacher is supportive. Actually, he is extremely stressed out by the teacher.
I requested a meeting with the teacher at this point where both my son and I were invited. However, I'm not feeling positive about the meeting any way. Do I have to raise this issue to the administrators?