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Junior Infants - do you like their teacher

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i ask cos am a bit confused about scoodlee's teacher.
she is young, experienced, and i've heard good reports about her
BUT
I find her very off-hand. No warmth there at all. Don't think she has an "approachable" attitude. Not the sort of teacher i can see myself having a conversation with
Then on his first day, scoodlee told me that she was "not very kind to him" something about him not listening to her
That lack of warmth has sort of put me off to be honest. Don't know anyone other parents to ask what they think.
If any of you are JI teachers - are you supposed to have that sort of "detached" attitude. I teach 3rd level and wouldn't dream of being like that either with students or their families
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I like DD1's teacher, she is in Senior infant's now, and she has the same teacher this year, but I wouldn't say I love her iykwim,
I can think of 1 or 2 other's that I would have rathered her get, she is quite strict with them (I know you have to be a bit) but
DD1 was afraid to ask to go to the toilet last year, and I did have to speak to the teacher about it, part of this was due to boy's
running into the toilet's at lunch, teacher said that their were a few boisterous boy's that were hard to control, but she hadn't realised
they were going into the toilet, (they are in the class iykwim) and a few other thing's like that, basically DD1 is afraid of the
teacher, but she would be v.shy around adult's etc..
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My ds just went into senior inf. but he's in the same class b'cos it's mixed juniors & seniors.
His teacher was really nice but went on maternity leave in Feb.
The replacement is "grand" but not hugely friendly towards parents. DS liked her well enough but I found her difficult to talk to & I noticed she ws much stricter on the kids & would pull them up lots more. Many mums were pulled aside each day to discuss the childs behaviour.
This yr, the first teacher isn't bk yet. The replacement hs been made teacher of 1st & 2nd ..............so ds is on his 3rd teacher with a new replacement. The original is due bk 3 days before the xmas hols.
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This describes DD's teacher to a tee. She went into SI this year but has the same teacher as last year. She is a fantastic teacher and DD has learned so much BUT she has zero personality. She never asks the kids how their weekend went or if they have any little bits of news that they want to share with her she won't listen. School is for learning only in her eyes which I find very harsh especially when dealing with 5 and 6 year olds.
However DD seems to like her and I suppose the fact that she was her 1st teacher so no comparsions can be made is a good thing. I'm not sure which is the better a fantastic teacher with no warmth or a not so good teacher that's very warm and personable.
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DD has just started J1 and I have to say so far I am very impressed with her teacher! Which I am hugely relieved about. It's a small country school and for 25 years (or something like that!) the same teacher taught J1 and she retired at the start of the summer and lots of the locals were lamenting her loss as she was a bit of a institution I believe.
Anyway, I never met her, but the new teacher is young, smiley, enthusiastic and very approachable and I was really impressed that when we went to collect dd yesterday she had the whole class sitting in their allocated seats, with their fingers on their lips doing 'cunas' - on the first day! The children seem to love her so far and she was def keeping an eye out on the little ones who were upset (my dd was very wobbly and shed a few tears yesterday morning and I mentioned it to the teacher as I was leaving and dd said she had been very kind to her)
So, it's only day 2 but so far so good! The main thing for me is dd is very happy with her.
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Yep absolutely love her
She is kind, caring, friendly and compassionate. Both my smallies are in her room and just adore her.DS was very wobbly yesterday even tho he is now a SI so she sat him on her lap and cuddled him until he felt better
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can't image scoodlee's teacher doing that
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This describes DD's teacher to a tee. She went into SI this year but has the same teacher as last year. She is a fantastic teacher and DD has learned so much BUT she has zero personality. She never asks the kids how their weekend went or if they have any little bits of news that they want to share with her she won't listen. School is for learning only in her eyes which I find very harsh especially when dealing with 5 and 6 year olds.
However DD seems to like her and I suppose the fact that she was her 1st teacher so no comparsions can be made is a good thing. I'm not sure which is the better a fantastic teacher with no warmth or a not so good teacher that's very warm and personable.
Sorry, I had to comment on this. What exactly is "zero personality"? Is she maybe just quiet? Doesn't come acroos as very bubbly because of that? Or maybe just shy?
How do you know what she asks the kids? Does your SI child tell you? How do you know she doesn't listen? Are you at the back of her room?? And how in God's name do you know what her overall philosophy is on "school"?? Unbelievable
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DD's teacher did this yesterday with her as well but I still haven't really warmed to her. I understand from talking with other parents she is known for not engaging with the parents all that well but the kids love her. So that's okay with me. I hope not to have too much interaction with her anyway.
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DD's teacher last year(JI) was absolutely amazing, she always greeted the kids with the biggest smile in the morning and they were always the slowest line going in the morning as each and every child had to talk to her and she had lots of time for them.
We were so sad when DD moved on but her old teacher is now teaching 3rd class so maybe we'll have her again. She has a male teacher this year, he seems shy and reserved but I believe the kids absolutely adore him, this week is Toy Story week and DD has learnt all the words to "You've got a friend"
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I thought 'news' was an important part of the curriculum. DD has just started 4th class and even today they had 10 minutes of news time. In the younger classes it gets them talking and using language as well as teaching them to listen and take turns. I'd be very surprised if she doesn't do 'news'.
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Sorry, I had to comment on this. What exactly is "zero personality"? Is she maybe just quiet? Doesn't come acroos as very bubbly because of that? Or maybe just shy?
How do you know what she asks the kids? Does your SI child tell you? How do you know she doesn't listen? Are you at the back of her room?? And how in God's name do you know what her overall philosophy is on "school"?? Unbelievable
Sorry if I offended you, maybe I was a bit harsh and she is just shy but she never makes any effort to interact with either the kids or the parents on a personal level. DD will often run in the morning bursting to tell her a bit of news, she is immediately cut off and told to sit down and take out her books. I have spoken to other parents and they all get the same vibe as I do. I still think that she is a fantastic teacher and like I said in my original post DD loves her and that's all that really matters.
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Only on our 2nd day of Junior Infants today, but so far DS teacher seems very nice. DS likes her aswell.
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I can't take to dd's teacher...no warmth...seems a very cold person and dd also seems a bit afraid of her. She's very old school, she was out of teaching for a long time so maybe that's why.
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DD had the same teacher for JI and SI and absolutely adored her. She was very young (looked approx 12) but was well able for the class and was always approachable and available to parents. She did the kindest thing for my dd who wears a back brace. Dd had been fitted for a new brace and it can take a few weeks for her body to adjust to it. Her teacher bought her in a special cushion for her seat to make her more comfortable in school. Now the cushion probably made little difference to dd's comfort but the acknowledgement from her teacher that she might be uncomfortable made such a difference to dd and made her teacher a hero in mine and Dh's eyes.
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DD2 likes her teacher so far, DD1 has had the same teacher for JI & SI while she likes her she does not Love her !! They have an assistant in DD1's class and she is really DD's favorite.\
MrsHen
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interesting replies ladies...
Maybe am used to the way the creche was run (open door policy, warm, loads of news and information, scoodlee loving his monti teacher) and am offered nothing in school. so far.
will watch and wait...
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Ah guys, would you give the teachers a break. They are only back 4 days max. Like everything else some teachers are extrovert, some are shy. What matters is what goes on in the classroom and I really think it is unfair to pass judgement so soon in the year. You wouldn't like to think the teachers were analysing your kids so early in the year.
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DS1 has a different Muinteoir this year and she is lovely, real smiley person, very friendly and approachable.
DS2 has the Muinteoir that DS1 had last year and she is grand, approachable and friendly, though I know some Mums don't like her - though they tend to be the ones who don't like hearing bad about their little 'angels'
They are in a small Gaelscoil and there is no Muniteoir there that I wouldn't like them to have, they are all really nice women - have a new male Muinteoir this year, no feed back on him yet.
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i agree heidi, but we didn't even get a "good morning" or a "goodbye and see you tomorrow." I personally find that off-putting
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I understand about the teacher thing being a bit mother-unfriendly - my child's first teacher was a bit like this and I don't think they realise what an emotional first few days it is for the mothers. It's possible that they are also self-protecting - not wanting to get "lynched" by a parent that wants to "talk". The way I got round this situation was always saying good morning Mrs ..... and looking at her straight in the eye with a smile - she would always say "Oh hello" back. I genuinely think they are so focussed on trying to remember the childrens' names and getting to suss out their personalities that they don't think about the social niceties. Maybe the teachers don't get training on how to deal with parents when they are doing their teaching degree.
I'm sure your LO's teacher will thaw out a little - just keep saying hello very pointedly to her and see what happens.
Hang in there!
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DS has done 3 days. His teacher is young, pretty, smiley and enthusiastic. I do find it different from montessori in that I would go in to the montessori and the teachers would be asking DS and I about our weekend, bit of chit chat, I might say DS didn't eat much breakfast or had a bad nights sleep etc and they would look after him. But of course it is different now and thats not his teachers fault. She has 28 little folk in there, some with what seems like v.little english unfortunately, so I don't know how thats going to affect the other 20 or so. I am sure she is avoiding getting cornered by some mother in the mornings, she is trying to get to know the kids, make sure no one does a runner out the door etc etc. I am sure after a few weeks when things settle, we will feel more of a bond with the teachers. DS likes her and she appears to like him and thats the main thing for me.
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Honestly I don't have a feel for her yet, but when dd was in NaĆ­onra, I hadn't a sense of them after a week either and I wound up loving both.

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