Why Don’t You Call Your Teacher?

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22 Responses

  1. Amanda Ashworth says:

    Mr. Plummer is just the greatest! (:

  2. Sarah Penn says:

    This is so awesome!  Thanks so much for posting!  🙂

  3. Lori says:

    The first conversation I had with my daughter’s teacher she informed me that she had 60+ students to deal with… that made me very reluctant to bother her… I feel guilty even sending an email…  I wish one of my daughter’s teachers would be so plainly available and encourage questions like your Mr Plummer!

  4. Mr Ferryman says:

    My son was having some problems and we did not know. they called us one time and told us. we tried to help. he started to do better but now they are trying to kick him out. the teacher is not willing to work with us at all.

  5. Mike Wagner says:

    Making school seem cool is the answer.  What is the question?

  6. lindsey says:

    hmm, I didn’t know that they enjoy getting calls from me…

  7. Shell says:

    My son’s teacher is amazing. She hounds us to call her and she is always ready with a response when we need it.

  8. Anita says:

    Mr. Plummer sounds like an excellent teacher. My kids have a science teacher, Mrs. Carlson, who is like that. She makes herself very available and makes learning fun. Not all the kids’ teachers are like that. Some acted so overwhelmed we felt guilty for contacting them. We learned that wasn’t the right response, though. We now contact any teacher with questions no matter how samll. That is what they are there for. We have just learned that with some we need to be a little more patient and with others a little more persistant. We do eventually get the answers and help we need, though.

  9. Merry M says:

    My daughter feels that her virtual school is a self-teaching school.  She doesn’t readily attend live lessons.  I have to log her in and make her participate.  She feels very uncomfortable with her teachers, which she doesn’t even know them.  She’s talked to one teacher once because that teacher called in response to a webmail that I sent.  Her science teacher seems very nice and approachable.  He called to help her out because she was about to fail science.  But all the concepts taught she just goes over them until she thinks she got it or she’ll just skip it and never really understand it.  I love virtual schooling.  It just makes sense to me, but my daugter begs to return to a B&M school.  I think she forgot how hard it is to wake up early as she was late everyday.  My husband says the local middle school is not an option.  I tend to agree.  But my daughter really misses it, not because of the socialization- she was a self appointed loner, but she loved school (after she got there).  She was a straight A student.  Now at CA she’s happy if she gets a B.  I think more communication with the teachers would make a world of difference.  I help her as much as possible, but she rarely asks and I know it’s not enough.  I have 5 children younger than her and 3 little ones at home during the school day.  I can’t do it on my own I need help from the teachers.  She needs motivation and to enjoy her schooling more.  Extra Curricular activities are not an option right now because she is so far behing in her work.  I really want this school to work for her.  Any suggestions? 

  10. Bridget says:

    Mr. Plummer isn’t a teacher of mine but I sure wish he was! He gave really good points about why it’s a good idea to call your teachers. I usually don’t call my teachers and avoid calls from them, but seeing these reasons makes me want to give them a call right now! (if only they weren’t relaxing at home…”

  11. M. Parent says:

    I “wish” my sons teacher was available for phone conversations.  As it stands now, it takes over a week to get an email response from her, (and that is usually after sending a 2nd request).  She must have hundreds of students because there are about 17 assignments & portfolio assignments (online drop box submissions) that have been sitting there waiting to be graded for 2 weeks I can’t wait until my son has Mr. Plumber for a teacher!

  12. Denise S says:

    Very interesting posts!  I read it because we too are afraid to “bother” the teacher.  But, as we get further into this, I think we will have more boldness to try.  (Some teachers are just born to teach, some have to work at it). 
    Merry M:
        I can relate to your dilemna and frustration; you are not alone! We also pulled our daughter out of a B/M school to FLVSCA.  She is in the 3rd grade.  She does well, but, at times, is “disconnected,” like school isn’t real, because she doesn’t have visual of classmates and a teacher all the time to keep her attitude and mind school-oriented.  We have struggled in this area.  Once, about a month ago, I let her turn in an assignment as is, because she didn’t want to hear the rubric for it-she felt it was good enough.  She was surprised at her lower grade.  Now, she listens attentively to the rubric and uses it as a checklist!  (Wish I had let her get the lower grade sooner!- She is a straight A student here and when she was at the B/M).  We also have a 2 year old running around the house making sure there is a distraction everywhere-we have learned to ward off some of his distractions.  
         I think if you explain your dilemna to her teacher and perhaps suggest a livelesson with just the teacher and herself (as I read recently somewhere, that contact with the teacher is supported and encouraged), that this would benefit her and put her more in touch with school. Also, I believe that a school club would be extremely beneficial if it were something of interest to her.  If she is happy with one aspect of school, it will spread into other parts of her schooling experience, making it a more positive one.
    We didn’t join the clubs till the middle of February because I felt it would overwhelm us even more.  How wrong I was!  The clubs tapped into her interests and piqued her curiousity and wanting to learn.  The clubs are a beneficial way to keep up interest, and keep them connected!! 
        I hope it works out well for you and your daughter!  If I discover anything else that helps, I will certainly post about it!

  13. Denise S. says:

    Merry M:
    I’ve really been racking my brain as to how to keep/get our daughter more connected.  I just thought of a suggestion for both of us:
        Perhaps asking the teacher to provide some form of special personal response to point out something positive on a turned in assignment (not on every assignment, but something special, even if not perfect, in an assignment here and there). Even if it is just to point out uniqueness, not perfection.  Perhaps just a short phone call to say-“I really liked the way you… on/in that assignment.”  Or even a special email.  It really is hard for children to feel they’ve accomplished something when there is no apparant reward, especially if they depend on authority approval (even if they “don’t care” what parents think, many times they care what peers and other authority figures think).  This is especially true for our daughter, and I’m going to contact her teacher, and FLVSCA with this suggestion!
     

  14. Kristen Robinson says:

    This is our first year in CCA. We started in December. My experience with my son’s teachers has been wonderful. He struggles in math and his math teacher, Ms Hurley, has been wonderful. She has always made herself available for him. She is also there with advice and suggestions for me to use to help him. She has told me more than once that is what I am here for. My son’s Lang Arts teacher Ms Jackson has also been great. She has been there when we needed her as well. All of my dealings with the CCA teachers have been more than positive. It is a nice change from the brick and morter school my son attended. Wyoming Valley West was horrible. I am so greatful my son is out of there.

  15. Sierra D says:

    PLEASE HELP!!! I am a first year virtual student in 10th grade. I ahave always been an AP/Onors student I however ha always ben disconnected from school because I do not like tthe virtual schol teachers. I HATE talking on the phone. I am almost 100 lessons behind schedule, I undestand about none of my classes, I am afraid to ak for help because I am not wanting to talk on the phone like the teaches want. I fel terrible about it because I procrastinate and am a perfectionist and I want to go to medical schol someday. I do not know how to approach a teache this late from the end of the schol year. I feel stupid talking to a teacher about it, and since I know none of my teachers I do not know which one to talk to. Someone help solve this? I do not wanna talk on the phone with them, But I really want to get my grades up and I really want to do wel and get up to date. PLEASE HELP

  16. Sierra,
    You just did the the best thing you could do! You asked for help.   You don’t need a phone to ask for help and you don’t have to be afraid of asking for help because you are behind.  Do you realize that asking for help is as simple as what you just did here?  If you don’t get the help you need, from one teacher, send a note to another.  You have a home room teacher, along with several teachers in your cyber school, and a school counselor that is there to help you, and a vice principal and principal and more!  The only thing the school doesn’t have is a mind reader (said with a smile).  They are all there to help you…and they want to, but you need to tell them what the problem is.  Copy what you posted to the blog and send it off to all of them.  Let them know you are struggling with calling them on the phone and ask them what other options they have.  Do you like working in Live Lesson?  Could you do that with a chat option?  YOU CAN DO THIS!!!  They will help you come up with a plan that will get you caught up too. I can say this because I have been there with my own students and they got a plan in place to make it work.  It may take a little work, but it is doable!  Just keep working with your teachers and your Learning Coach.  Hang in there!

  17. Whoaaa says:

    I’m phone shy and dont wanna call my teacher……..

  18. Barry Squire says:

    I’m a new Middle School Math Teacher at Colorado Connections Academy and I’ve been wondering why more of my students don’t call me.  I love hearing from my students.  I love putting voices to the names and then faces too at field trips and other events.

    I even tell the phone shy kids to send me an email if they don’t want to call.  I’ll respond by email, and only call if it’s a longer, more detailed discussion.  Interacting with students is THE reason I became a teacher and I get more satisfaction from working with the kids at Connections Academy than I did in any other job I’ve ever had.

    So kids … CALL, WEBMAIL, ANYthing… reach out to us and we’ll figure it out together!

  19. Denise S. says:

    Sierra and Whooooaaa:
    When I was in school, I couldn’t raise my hand to ask a question, let alone walk to the teacher at the desk to ask a teacher a question without my knees quivering and my hands shaking.  Usually, though, when I mustered up the courage, I was met with kindness and willingness to help, and encouragement.  Now, you can text message or email your teacher!!  Use this tool, as no one will see your sweaty palms, shaky hands, wobbly knees, or hear your voice cracking under strain  (oh, how I understand!).  My daughter is also phone shy, she still has a hard time talking to grandma on the phone.  So, I want to encourage you the best I can, along with the above posters to just email or text or blog!  You DID GREAT Here!!!! LOVE that you are here, shows incentive.
    Also, Sierra, my daughter is also a perfectionistic procrastinator, but she’s in the 3rd grade so I am involved and keep her moving along, with great effort from me at times!  I try to help her move quickly through material she understands easily, and leave more time for the material that I know will take longer.  Perhaps you can scan through the material you are behind in to gauge what you can move through quickly, (perhaps crunching a couple of lessons into one), and then give yourself a little more time on the projects. For example:  give yourself a project day, and then give yourself crunch time lessons the other days.  Perhaps your LC or your teacher can help you plan this out so that you can accomplish it on time!  You have great ambitions–we need more doctors who are perfectionists who will take their time!!! (doctors have to “crunch” it up too, sometimes). (my daughter seems to work better when she HAS to get it done).  Anyway, we’re in our first year, too, and pray that this year will end well for you!! 

  20. Alex Selin says:

    Hi Carrie, My name is Alex, My family and I thought school was starting on 9/1/2010 but when I went to check when we are going to start school it ends up school starts on 8/31/2010, so we planned a trip to Chicago with my sister because she is going to school there. So if I miss the first day of school is that going to be a problem?                                                                                          Sincerely: Alex Selin

  21. Just Skimming says:

    Get your daughter on the debate team!! 🙂

  22. Emilee says:

    I cannot hear on a recorded live lesson. Does anyone know how to hear on a recorded live lesson? There is no mute button, the computer volume and livelessson volume are both at maximum volume. What do I do?

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