Open house.

We went to Open House at the school tonight. Or, as they call it here, Curriculum Night. We visited each classroom and later, each teacher gave a short presentation about what they would be teaching this year.

J's teacher said he's adjusting well. When he pointed out that he used to sit at the front of the class and now he sits at the back, I asked him if that was because he was misbehaving and the teacher wanted him closer to her desk. She jumped in and said that he was moved to the back because he works independently and quietly and she knew he could handle it. I was tempted to ask if she was sure she was talking about my son. Pretty big change from last year.

K's teacher was surprisingly young and she said that she likes to get kinda silly in class sometimes, that she teaches in a somewhat unusual manner. She also said that she doesn't believe in giving lots of homework, that it can be discouraging to kids at this age, that family time and time for other activities were important.

We'd been hearing a lot about L's teacher beforehand - how great she is, how lucky L is to have her for grade eight - so I was most curious about her. She gave her presentation and I have to admit, I was very impressed. It's been a very long time since I've seen a teacher that enthusiastic about teaching. She has an interesting approach to handling subjects like history and I liked the way she combines subjects. For example, she said, in past years, that she's taught a certain aspect of history and then had the kids write a (fictional) short story inspired by what they've learned. She said that piece would then count towards creative writing as well as history. She also talked a bit about preparing the kids for high school and I liked what she had to say about that, too.

I was happy with all of the teachers. After we bought the house, people told us that this school was "tough" (and I don't mean academically), that the kids were mean, that it didn't have a very good reputation, that our kids might have trouble fitting in. I've been asking my three regularly what the other kids are like, if they're having trouble with anybody, if there are any bullies in their classes, what they think of their teachers. And so far, all of their answers have been overwhelmingly positive. What I saw and heard tonight and what I've seen of the kids they've brought to the house, backs up their opinions. All of those people who said those negative things didn't have a freakin' clue what they were talking about. Yeah, it still pisses me off.

Posted by Ripley on September 30, 2004