I would like to address the recent story that put Pleasant Glade Elementary School in the news. I taught at Pleasant Glade for more than 20 years, retiring in 2010, and I can emphatically say that there is no finer, more dedicated staff in any elementary school.
It was said that a child was taped to a chair. As an educator I would like to make the following statement: Is there any situation where that should happen? Of course not, but do I understand how a teacher could be pushed beyond normal limits?
Teachers have up to 25 children in a class, and believe me, teaching reading and math doesn’t even touch on what comprises a day. All it takes is one or two children who won’t sit down or quit talking or stop interrupting to create a situation where not only can the teacher not effectively teach, but other children cannot effectively learn.
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Teachers work hard to create a positive learning environment. Parents can help. Before your child’s issues escalate, offer support. Observe your child in class, communicate often with the teacher, and make sure you set consistent expectations and follow through with your child.
Together school and home can make a difference.