I think self esteem has a lot to do with how well a child learns. Not only the praise and support they get from their parents but, from their teachers as well. My son has a teacher now that used to be a fifth grade teacher. She was bumped down to second grade because of enrollment issues. She seems to be bothered by the kids and their ramblings and I see how it affects them. They feel uncertain about themselves when they talk to her and I understand that they’re kids but, they’re not stupid. You can always tell when it seems like you’re bothering people. I know that she’s used to older kids and their independence but, these are 7 and 8 year olds. They still get excited over Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy. They are not in the same mindset as a fifth grader. It sometimes upsets me that she treats them like they should know better and like they should be able to keep quiet all day long. There is a child in the classroom that, for the love of all that is holy, CAN NOT keep quiet. He always has to be talking or moving, or something. You can tell right away that he has some issues and that his incessant movement can’t be helped. She treats him like it’s all in his head and he can control it if he wants to. The thing that really bothers me about this “relationship” she has with the children is that I don’t think they trust her with their hearts. I know that most people will disagree and say she is just preparing them better for the future but, I fear for my son’s inner safety. If, and I use that strongly, my son was to suffer abuse, I’m not sure that he would feel comfortable enough to tell her. As I was growing up, your teachers were supposed to be people that you could turn to just like your parents. They were another trusted adult that would do everything possible to ensure your safety. I feel like she would protect them, as long as it didn’t cut into her schedule. Luckily, there are only a couple months left of school and then we won’t have to deal with her anymore. The principal needs to know that this is not right and she should either move to a different school and remain a fifth grade teacher or she should re-evaluate her realtionship with the children. Being treated like a distraction and an annoyance can’t be helping them with self-esteem or trust issues any of them might be having.