My son has a dynamic grade 5 teacher - she thinks outside the box - has them doing fabulous hands-on projects.
HOWEVER and this is a big HOWEVER... she is a one-woman show. She is openly and verbally against the children doing work at home UNLESS she has given the okay (usually when all of the in-class allotted time is completed and the student still hasn't completed their work). She does not like the students bringing home their hardcopy work - which is always kept in duotangs at school per subject.
In our family - learning doesn't just happen in those 6 hours at school - we want our son to be able to show us and discuss his work at home and work further on it - where he will be distraction-free. We are also trying to encourage study and review habits - which he can't do if his work is at school. We feel that his teacher's philosophy of "what happens in school stays in school" does not allow our son to full "own" his education or to develop good study habits while he is still young.
Despite the fact that I've explained this to her in length - she is still not willing to cave unless he has an IEP.
As mentioned - she is dynamic in other ways - but this attitude is very frustrating. The principal backs her and has also encouraged us to submit an IEP. I don't feel an IEP should be necessary for this. Parents SHOULD be able to partner with teachers in their children's education without it being a special need. Teachers need to stop being fearful that parents are doing their childrens work (apparently this is a very rampant fear - I have 8 friends who are teachers and they ALL tell me that this is a main reason why work is not encouraged to be completed at home!).
Some tactics I am implementing - 1) are to encourage my son to share at the dinner table what he has learned as well as to ask him for ideas on how we can 'extend' the learning taking place there. 2) We have also had family discussions on how we don't agree with the teacher's stance on this issue. 3) And finally, I have openly encouraged my son to work on his projects that are online (lots of his work is done in google docs that are accessible from home) despite his teacher's dissent. She resents this and has written notes home in his agenda - and I actually believe his report card will reflect her negativity - but that's another story!
What other ideas and feedback might you have for me? Changing schools is not an option, nor is changing teachers. I know its late in the year - but these ideas will help me for next year as well.
Thanks in advance for any ideas you may have!