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Going through High School Woes..

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Yesterday, I posted about my failure in the binge department. Well, last night I was good.
I am finding out more about my oldest, Mary's, grade issues. It seems that 3 important vocab sheets are missing and she is getting an "F" because of it. Total surprise, because she likes English. Naturally, I am angry and confront her with this, only to discover that she is angry also. She swears she handed these in. I must admit...usually I do not side with the kid in these discussions. However, I SAW her work on these. (and heard the complaints.) Also, she has no other missed assignments.
I tell her to talk to her teacher and I contact the school guidance counselor. He found that one of Mary's "missing" assignments was already graded and sent back! He is totally on Mary's team now! Unfortunately, we are having trouble getting this teacher to pay attention. Apparently, she is having family issues and this is affecting her job. (Why I homeschool...anyone?)
Hopefully this will be resolved quickly.
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    Not doubting you or your daughter, but in 13 years of teaching, I have had countless students swear up and down that they turned something in to me that I had no recollection of ever seeing. When I told them to go home and look again, all but one sheepishly showed up later with the paper that I had supposedly lost. (The one didn't admit to it, although she did show up with the first 2 drafts that she had sworn I had, which makes me believe she never wrote the 3rd draft.)

    I guess I'm saying I can see the teacher's side. Glad it was all resolved happily, though!
    3744 days ago
    I'm thinking if you've got the guidance counselor on your side, this should get resolved pretty quickly. You can already prove one of the things was handed in; it shouldn't be hard for them to believe that the others were, too. If the guidance counselor can't get action on this, call the principal. He/she will handle it, I'm sure. That teacher should take the papers and not deduct for "late" because it's most likely her fault. I wouldn't hesitate to push this to the principal's level. Your daughter's school transcript shouldn't suffer because of something the teacher did.

    Good luck!
    3745 days ago
    Wow, that is not cool on the teacher's part.

    I work in a school district and whenever something like this happens (where the teacher is not responsive) the principal (or assistant principal) is immediately brought in to mediate the situation.

    I'm thankful that I haven't had the experience that your daughter is having, but I do agree it's good for her to learn the proper way of handling situations like this.
    3745 days ago
    Good luck with this! I agree with the poster above that while it's not an ideal situation, it will teach her how to advocate for herself if she's ever in a similar situation.
    3745 days ago
    Ask for a meeting within the next week with Mary, the counselor, the teacher and the principal. You attend too. You may have to go straight to the principal to get the meeting scheduled. Put in writing your concerns and how you would like this to be resolved. The school, by law cannot ignore written requests, and maybe the principal is unaware of the issue. Try to stick with facts and desired outcome. Avoid finger pointing and "feeelings".

    Good Luck! It will be a good experience for Mary and a taste of how to advocate professionally for herself when she is out in the real world working with real bosses that are not always the best.
    3746 days ago
    LilBit: I may have to! The counselor is already putting that out there as a last resort option. It makes me so mad, that when Mary tries to speak with this teacher she just storms off. The counselor mentioned to me, that she hasn't responded to his message either. Great...happy tenured teacher, I assume.
    3746 days ago
  • 4_MY_LIFE
    I understand what you are going through. My daughter is having similar issues with a teacher in a class she needs to graduate. Sometimes you have to bring in the big guns (principal) to get the teacher to listen.
    3746 days ago
    Wow! I wish. If only it were that easy. She already has them on her computer and it would be a simple matter to print them out. However, this teacher will accept no late work.
    3746 days ago
    Could she redo them and hand them in again?
    3746 days ago
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