Teachers saying they don't have enough time!

Australia
March 25, 2007 7:33pm CST
My daughter is in year 2 at school. She has been coming home with readers that she read last year. I feel she is reading really well and needs to go up another level in the readers. I have explained to the teacher about how I feel, but she seems to think she is not ready. I left it for about 6 weeks now and today when I asked, she has said that she doesn't have time to listen to her read, she will see if she can get someone else to listen. My friend has her son in the same class and they are having the same problem. It doesn't make sense for the kids to keep coming home with the same readers because they know it of by heart after a while. I also feel the teacher should make some time just to sit down for 5 minutes to listen to a couple of kids to read.
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• United States
26 Mar 07
One of my daughters is in 3rd grade and the teachers no longer listen to them do their readers, instead their little books and stories are sent home and she has to read it to someone at home and have them sign a slip that she did it. Then back at school she takes a little test on the computer about it. The teacher will do a test of a group of kids who have all reached about the same levels according to the computer tests, and pass them on to the next group of readers. It seems to work really well.
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@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
26 Mar 07
This seems like an efficient system. It allows children to learn almost at their own pace. Then obligates a family member to encourage learning. Great program.
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• Australia
26 Mar 07
This sounds like a great system, at least your child gets to go to the next group of readers this way. I think maybe all schools need to think about a system like this. I have to sign my daughters diary everyday after she has done her reader with me to, so they know she is doing it at home. Thanks!
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@vanities (11409)
• Davao, Philippines
26 Mar 07
well its her job to listen to their students read all the time..she must make a way or plan or manage her time well to be able to cope it all...
• Australia
26 Mar 07
Yes, I agree. If other teachers seem to be able to manage it, then why can't this teacher. I don't think the children should have to keep reading the same books over and over again because the teacher does plan or manage her time well. Thanks!
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• United States
26 Mar 07
The teachers should sit down with the children and listen to the kids. They need to do that because if the child is too advance for that grade, book or activity and they need to give that child a more advance or challenging this to do.
• Australia
26 Mar 07
I agree with you, I think the teacher should too, I don't think it is fair on the child to have to wait until the teacher feels she has time. My child has been waiting for quite a while for the teacher to feel that she has time to sit down and listen to her read. I think my daughter needs a more challenging reader now, but she has to wait until the teacher says so. Last year my daughters had a different teacher and she would always find time to sit with a child and listen to them read. Thanks!
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• Australia
26 Mar 07
I couldnt agree more. My 7yo son is in year 2 this year and he hasnt gone up a level at all this year and as a matter of fact, has been reading the same readers for the past 6 months. I spoke to the teacher just today about this and she says that she hasnt got time to listedn to the kids read. There are plenty of parent volunteers that listen to the children read on a daily basis, but they dont have the authority to let the children go up a level of reading. When my son read his last reader to me, he didnt even oven the book, but just read it to me outloud as he had remembered it off by heart. Sorry, I agree here that the teacher is to blame!!
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• Australia
26 Mar 07
This is exactly what I am talking about, if they keep getting the same book over and over, they don't even need to look at the words because they know it off by heart. My daughter has volunteers as well and I go in twice a week to listen to kids read. I have seen quite a few kids that really need to go up to the next level of readers, but I am not allowed to let them do that. I don't think it is fair for them to have to read readers that are too easy for them and that they know off by heart. It is no wonder kids get bored at school sometimes. Teachers should not say they don't have time. I could understand if they had a parent come in everyday and want them to do something special with their child everyday, for them to say that. I have only asked twice this term, I don't feel that is asking for much. I am not asking for special treatment for my child as I know there are other parents that feel the same way. Thanks for your comment, at least I know there are other parents outside of school that are having the same problem as me. Thanks!
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@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
26 Mar 07
Why do parents put so much blame on the teachers? My daughter was reading just when she turned 3. So when she went to school she was really ahead of the class. I don't push the teachers to teach her Physics. If I want my child to know more or read more... I would encourage it at home. You have to consider there are children in 2nd grade that can't read. THEY need the teacher's attention. Be fortunate that your child can read. I do believe that learning starts at home.
@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
26 Mar 07
Maybe you can start an after school advanced reading program or complain to the parents who own the children that are holding everyone back. I went out with a girl who didn't teach her son anything. 5 years old and couldn't count or read. She said she was going to let him have his childhood years to be a boy and was waiting for the teachers in school to teach him. Needless to say I got rid of her after that. But my point is there are parents who don't care that their kid holds everyone back.
• Australia
26 Mar 07
My daughter reads to me everyday. I make sure I make time to listen to her read. I also will do maths sums for my kids to practice at home. I think the teachers should be able to make time to listen to kids read too, that way the kids can go up a level on their readers and they are not reading the same ones over and over. I don't expect them to listen to my daughter everyday, because there are other children in the class, but when a parent thinks their child might be ready for some more challenging readers, then I don't think it hurts the teacher to sit down and check. I don't feel as though I am pushing the teacher, I think this is part of her job. The teacher my daughter had last year, would make sure she listened to her kids read at least once a week and was happy with doing that. Of course learning starts from home, I also understand that some children can't read in the 2nd grade, but it doesn't mean they can ignore the ones that can.
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• Australia
26 Mar 07
I also understand that there are some parents out there that don't take the time to do homework with their kids. I also don't feel I can just go up and say something to the parents because I can't be too sure if the parents are just being lazy or their child has trouble with learning. There could be something medically wrong and that is why the child is behind other kids. Imagine how the parent would feel if I said something to them and their child has a medical problem.
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