- Maybe they had their heart set on their child being in the teacher next door’s class because their neighbor’s child had such a great year with that teacher. It’s not that their child can’t have a good year with you, but you do have to work harder to change their feelings.
- Maybe you are a new teacher to the school this year and the parents don’t know you. It takes time to establish your reputation and build trust at a new school, even if you are an experienced teacher.
- If you are a first year teacher and you look young, you have a double whammy.
My first year I heard comments like “you look more like my child’s babysitter than a person old enough to have a college degree”. I began the year behind the eight ball. Several years down the road, I stumbled across an idea that idea I really wished someone would have told me about earlier.