lots of worksheets to fill in that are uninspiring, (there may be a lot if learning handwriting of course.) copying from the board a lot. slavishly following the reading scheme. unenthusiastic learners. teachers who won't listen to your concerns or fob you off.
(teachers ho don't kno ho to use capital letters? )
one who realises there is a problem, applies the standard intervention and then doesn't bother to check if said intervention is relevant to the child.
We had this with one of ours. Intervention comprised of time working through an interactive computer program. My DC is not into computer games and it totally didn't engage him. He felt he was being punished for not being allowed to do what the others were doing during that time. Net result totally demoralised child who was not learning anything useful and a teacher who was blithely satisifed the the appropriate intervention was in place.
I think being a teacher is a thankless task with the current system of constant monitoring to prove you are doing a good job. And it must be well nigh impossible to actually have the mental space to check that each child is getting the approach they need. Those who manage it are beyond admiration.
A good way of finding out is to go in to the classroom and help if possible. You get to see the class 'in action' and it might be obvious if the children are on task, engaged in what they're doing and what the teacher/pupil relationship is like.
We have written off this year academically. Dds teacher smiles a lot, says what she's going to do and then does none of it However, dd has been happy and has made some lovely friends, so we've gone with it but we have talked to the head and insisted that she gets a more challenging/inspiring teacher next year who might actually teach her something! We'll see if it happens, I'd hate to have to change schools....
The thing is, what's going to happen even if you do find out she's a rubbish teacher?
You can complain to the head... but I suspect the head will already know if she's that bad. Teachers pretty much can't get sacked. (7 teachers sacked in the last decade I think). So even if the head doesn't close ranks and start getting defensive (or worse offensive!), even if the head tacitly admits there's a problem.. there's nothing that can be done.
I knew one of my children's teachers wasn't very good when she struggled to say a single thing about them at parents' evening, and let me steer the conversation. She didn't give a shit, and it was really very obvious. Luckily, she was part of a job share and the other teacher was very on the ball and, I think, managed to keep on top of everything.
Try to form a relationship with the teacher you're worried about, so if problems do arise you will find it easier to approach them.