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“Your child refused to participate . . . “

February 2, 2009

I recently received an angry email from my first grader’s teacher.  In the middle of the day.  “Your daughter refused to participate during reading.  I told her it is very important to follow my directions and I told her that I would be e-mailing you.”

So, first of all, I could tell she was really irritated.  To email me at 10:43 a.m. during her teaching day told me it was a pressing issue for her.  I emailed her back and told her I would have a chat with my daughter when she arrived home.

“What happened?”  I asked.

“She wanted me to read the boy part in a boy voice,” my daughter replied.  “I didn’t want to.”

Hmmm.  “Is there a way you could have been more respectful to the teacher?  What about asking for a different part or to read it to her privately?”  We discussed ideas.  Meanwhile, I was fuming mad.

What teacher does not understand that some kids are terrified to one, read out loud, and two, read in a different voice.  Refused to participate!  What a total misread of the situation.  How about terror induced muteness?

It is clear to me that I must educate my daughters teachers gently to the concept of introvertedness.  And frankly, to shyness, to lack of confidence, to the fact that a lot of kids don’t like reading out loud.  Duh!

I sent her a checklist of what an introvert looks like in the classroom.  She never replied.  Go figure.

I can’t wait until this year is over.