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My youngest is in 3rd grade this year. The teachers aide in this class recently had surgery and the parents are now helping out until she returns--she will be out for several months.
Problem--the homeroom mom is in charge of making the schedule for parents to help in the class. The kids are thrilled their parents are there and the parents like this too! However, the homeroom mom schedules only certain parents and will not return phome calls or emails from other parents wanting to help. The reason for this--unknown. Obviously this lady is on a bit of a mommy power trip and I am appalled at this! I barely know this woman but have known her since K so I don't think it's anything personal that I know of. I'm not the only mom experiencing this exclusion.
I have notified the teacher that my calls/emails have not been returned and offered my help to her directly and the teacher has given me some time. Should I make a fuss over this ( I really am ticked as this might be a problem all year and frankly, it's humiliating to me as a parent--I'm a good mom and have always been pro-school and always willing to help ) or just let it go.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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I'll agree with David. This is the teacher's call, and she should be aware of your concern.
Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results. -- John Dewey
Just a jump in, as I'm not an 'early ed' teacher. Sometimes the parents that wish to help, make the teacher nervous for one reason or another. Would you do so?
“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.”
I don't think I make the teacher nervous. I have known her for a long time and have never got that feeling from her.
I emailed the teacher and told her my requests through homeroom mom were not acknowledged. ( I'm not the only parent that has been excluded )
She then proceeded to give me 4 separate classroom times to assist. Yesterday, I told her to call me directly if she needed help since homeroom mom will not call me. She proceeded to give me additional times but did not address homeroom mom and I did not push--I'm happy to get time in the classroom. I guess I'll let it go since my son is happy to see me in class and I'm happy to be there despite the back door method.
I thought only 8th grade girls did the exclusion thing! Now I know how my middle schooler feels!