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Updated on Jul 1, 2009

Highly effective teachers vary greatly in these areas. When a parent is aware of a particular personality type or teaching style that his child thrives under (or vice versa), he needs to share that information with the building principal.

There are two more situations when a request for a special class placement is appropriate. If a parent has had an unpleasant relationship or unresolved problem with next year’s possible teacher, he needs to make the principal aware of it now. It is to everyone’s advantage to avoid situations that have little chance of succeeding. Secondly, if there is “bad blood” between a child and a same-grade neighbor, cousin, or classmate, they should not be placed in the same classroom – if it can be avoided.

If you do decide to talk to the building principal about next year’s teacher, make an appointment to meet with the principal in the school office and take a written list of concerns and/or recommendations with you. If possible, concentrate on the type of teacher your child needs, rather than on one individual whom you do or do not want. And one more thing - leave your Big Stick at home. You’ll catch more flies with honey than you will with vinegar.

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