One of the hardest things to do when you are a small child is to start school, and have a new teacher every year. While you are in high school, and even in middle school, you know who the teachers are going to be, and you probably have some familiarity with them. When you are in elementary school though, you don’t really know who the teachers are for the most part. This can create a little bit of apprehension among children.
I remember when I was in forth grade, and there were tons of rumors about my teacher. They said that he would hit kids with erasers, and that he was just a mean old man. Nothing could be farther from the truth, and to this day I still remember him as one of my favorite teachers, and one of those people who really helped me in life.
One of the things that you can do to help your kids get ready for a new teacher is to go meet them before the year starts. Most teachers are going to be setting up the classrooms before the start of the year, and some teachers will have some sort of an orientation if the grade level starts the child at a new school. This allows students to know who the teacher is, and break the ice.
If is common for students to be fearful of the teacher for the first few days. Maybe they look scary, or just have some sort of vibe that says don’t like me. However, as a parent, you need to teach your kids that teachers are people too, and that they want nothing but the best for you in life. There is nothing that a child need fear out of the teacher.
if your child is still having trouble adjusting to a teacher, you could request that the child be switched to a different teacher. Some kids just don’t like the teacher that they have for some reason, and would probably do better with another teacher. If this is the case, see if you can make some arrangement to have another teacher to teach your child.
Adjusting to teachers can be a dicey thing for a young child. Whether you know nothing about this person, or maybe you had heard a nasty rumor about your teacher, it can make for a scary transition. As a parent all you can do is reassure your child, and make sure that they know that the teacher is there to help, not be scary.