I found out last week that Kay's teacher is "looping" up to second grade next year. Looping is a teacher term that means the teacher moves with his or her students to the next grade level, rather than sending them to another teacher at the end of the school year. She sent home a letter stating that she wants to keep her same class and move with all of them to second grade. Some of the benefits are an easier transition, familiarity with the class and teacher, and a gain of 4-6 weeks of instructional time because the students already know classroom routines and expectations and the teacher knows the students academic levels and abilities.
I totally see how this could be a huge benefit to her and to her getting started in second grade, but I am not sure what I am going to do yet. I hesitate because I know how different teachers are and what n impact they have on our children. I think that it is important for Kay to be exposed to all different types of learning environments and teaching styles. Her Kindergarten teacher and now first grade teacher are worlds different. And I think that's good! I LOVED her kindergarten teacher, she really was one of a kind in many ways. Her current teacher I do really like, but I almost feel like a change could be beneficial as well. Her teacher now is very big on reading, which is so important and Kay has really come a long long way in first grade. But I don't *love* her like I loved her kindergarten teacher. But don't get me wrong, I do like her and think she is a great teacher, so that's not the issue. It would be so easy to decide if I didn't like her, but I do and so that cant be the deciding factor.
So I'm torn. There seems to be pros and cons to this whole thing and I just feel like I need some advise. If you were in my shoes, what would you do?
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