13 Things Your Child's Teacher Won't Tell You

By John W. Davis

November 29, 2010 Updated Nov 29, 2010 at 7:42 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Find out 13 things your child's teacher won't tell you, but probably should.

The following issues will give you a look inside a teacher's mind.

The points could help you understand lesson plans and guide your child to perform better in school.

According to Reader's Digest:

1. If we teach small children, don’t tell us that our jobs are “so cute” and that you wish you could glue and color all day long.

"We work hard to teach and prepare kids for their academic career and we start that out really at Pre-K," said FWCS Director of Student Services Craig Martin.

2. I’m not a marriage counselor. At parent-teacher conferences, let’s stick to Dakota’s progress, not how your husband won’t help you around the house.

3. We’re sick of standardized testing and having to “teach to the test.”

4. Kids used to go out and play after school and resolve problems on their own. Now, with computers and TV, they lack the skills to communicate. They don’t know how to get past hurt feelings without telling the teacher and having her fix it.

All across Indiana, teachers are embracing technology. They know it's here to stay. But they say texting language is creeping into the classroom on essays and tests.

"They use shortcuts. If they want to say you're or you are, they say the letter U and the letter R. What we have to do is teach them how to use the technology properly," exclaimed Martin.

5. When I hear a loud belch, I remember that a student’s manners are a reflection of his parents’.

6. Your child may be the center of your universe, but I have to share mine with 25 others.

Martin said that was true, every child still counts.

"But we have to keep the individual student in mind... In all of those 25, we have 25 individuals and we certainly need to pay attention to them,"

7. Please help us by turning off the texting feature on your child’s phone during school hours.

8. Guys who dribble a ball for a couple of hours a game can make up to $20 million a year. We educate future leaders and make about $51,000 a year.

9. We take on the role of mother, father, psychologist, friend, and adviser every day. Plus, we’re watching for learning disabilities, issues at home, peer pressure, drug abuse, and bullying.

"Part of teaching is teaching the whole child. It's not just expecting me to do academics because quite frankly if I don't deal with some of the other issues that they maybe facing. I'm not going to get to the academics," said Martin.

10. Kids dish on your secrets all the time—money, religion, politics, even Dad’s vasectomy.

11. Please, no more mugs, frames, or stuffed animals. A gift card to Starbucks or Staples would be more than enough. A thank-you note: even better.

12. We love snow days and three-day weekends as much as your kid does.

13. The students we remember are happy, respectful, and good-hearted, not necessarily the ones with the highest grades.

Martin said he began teaching in 1990. One of his coolest memories was years later when he was a principal.

"To see one of my students at Lincoln. I had her father in that same class in 4th grade. So when he came walking in through the door and saw me... Whoa! You're my daughter's principal you know so it was just a great moment," shared Martin.

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