Dear Teachers and Professionals Who Work With My Students,
- Please don't tell my students that they are "bright" and "super smart" and then chastise them for making a mistake. Do not use expressions like, "Duh!" "Hello?! Anyone home!" "Geez, are you awake?!" "Aargh, we just went over this, what is your problem?!"
- Never tell my students that they are wrong. Tell them, "Good try, but this is how most people do it." or "You are almost there, keep practicing." or "Let's try to figure this out another way."
- Stop doing everything for them. They are not babies. They are suppose to learn how to take care of themselves.
- Please call on them more often. They are very capable of contributing to the classroom discussions.
- Please let me know if you have any concerns or questions about my students. Do not smile and tell me every week that they are fine and then wait until we have a meeting to bring up all of your issues, especially if you have any issues with me.
- If you have any problems with me, come to me and tell me to my face first before running to the principal or my supervisor about me. They do not have the time to listen to you complain about how I was two minutes late one time (you do realize I drive to 4-6 different schools every day and there are usually issues I have to deal with before coming to get your student).
- Why, after I have told you so many times that I am hard of hearing, you continue to look away as you talk to me or mumble what is said. And try not to obviously look irritated when I ask you to repeat yourself. It worries me and makes me wonder if you do the same with my student.
- To the paraprofessional who works with my preschool student, stop physically moving him around by grabbing his arm, he is capable of walking by himself. He does not have a severe visual impairment.