Friday, October 18, 2013

Look before you leap

There will always be friction between teachers and parents. Obviously parents look at their son/daughter and they are the most important thing in their lives. All decisions revolve around them.  A teacher is dealing with possibly thirty children while trying to teach an extensive curriculum, so most decisions are made for the good of the whole class, as opposed to what one particular child wants.
All I would ask as a teacher, is that you as a parent find out exactly what is happening in class before you attack.
Case in point. And I swear, this actually happened last week!
A friend of mine started in her new 3rd Class in October, after being out on Maternity Leave. Just a week into her return the Principal came to her to tell her that the parents of one of her girls were up in arms about the way she was grading their daughter's homework and they wanted to see her after school that evening. My friend was stumped as to what they were talking about, but she prepared herself.
After class, they both strode in and immediately started to tear strips off her.
"How dare you demoralise our daughter like that!"
"Her work is much better than the 1 out of 10, or the 3 out of 10 that you have given her."
"We are taking this further."

My friend eventually got a chance to get a word in.
"I'm sorry, but I have no idea what you are talking about. I don't grade homework like that."
"Stop trying to back out of it. Look at this copy for yourself."
The copy was flung down on the desk in front of her. She looked at it, and then it dawned on her.
"Em sorry. But are you talking about THE DATE!"
When she had corrected the exercise on the first of October, she had written 1/10. Then two days later she had written 3/10!!!

Now, it was an understandable mistake that they made. But if they had just come in first and ASKED what was going on, it could have been explained in that logical manner.
Oh and by the way, neither parent apologised for their behaviour. You'd think they would have been mortified and begged her not to tell anyone what they had done!!!