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Updated on Apr 22, 2014

Requesting Teachers

So what's a parent to do? Whether or not your school solicits parent requests, there are some things you can do to help snag the best teacher for your child. Here are some tips:

  • Get information. Talk to parents whose kids are like yours in terms of interests, learning style and aspects like ADHD or giftedness to learn more about the teachers at your child’s school.
  • Be polite. Follow the school’s procedure and be polite. Scheduling often takes weeks or even months, especially for large middle schools. Be sure to meet every deadline.
  • Put it in writing. If your school has a policy against letting parents choose teachers, approach the topic in writing. Explain what would work best for your child and why, Hassel suggests, and don’t question a specific teacher’s effectiveness.
  • Be flexible. Once kids hit middle school, students are only with teachers for about 40 minutes a day. Not getting the first pick might not affect your child in the long run. Give it at least a few weeks before requesting a change, or talk with the teacher and your child to improve the situation first, before you go higher up the chain.

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