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Old 03-29-2012, 03:15 PM
 
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Sent home handwriting with graded rubric attached. Little darling scored a 60/100. Mom writes, "What's the problem?". I answered with a page long letter indicating that her son wasn't forming his letters correctly, mostly because he doesn't complete his practice pages and he should practice a bit at home. Mom writes back that she bought not 1, but 3 of our books so he could practice "at home, by his Daddy, and by his Grammy"...(yeah,right!)...then she writes, "sorry we can't all be perfect like you".....

Wow. So much for trying to set the bar. This kid will never survive 3rd grade where they only write in cursive! (Though he probably won't have to worry about it; he is failing math and reading).

Thanks for letting me vent! I think its Miller time.


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Old 03-29-2012, 03:31 PM
 
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Yeah don't take that personally - parents seem to forget that we are only setting expectations from

a) what the country wants
b) what the state wants
c) what the district wants
d) what the principal wants
e) what they need to have for the next grade level and
f) what they need to have for the rest of their lives....

NO BIG DEAL

I would pat your perfect self on the back and take the night off.
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And 60/100 tells you exactly how far from perfect he is, lady!

This is the kind of comment you probably just could ignore, though. Maybe she's just venting, and didn't really expect a response. Sometimes if the comment or complaint is ridiculous to me, I make them bring it up twice before I address it, just to make sure they are serious about it.
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I'd be so tempted to send a note back and say "thank you".
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Old 03-29-2012, 05:12 PM
 
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Ouch! How does sarcasm help?

To be honest, all my (own) boys hated handwriting, middle son particularly. He left the Catholic school after 5th grade, and nowadays, his handwriting is totally unreadable. Thank goodness there are computers.


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Old 03-29-2012, 05:25 PM
 
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She is a smart a$$ and I never respond to smart a$$e$. Carry on with your grading and do not allow a parent to dumb down your classroom.
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You hit the nail on the head! Those will also be the same parents who, later down the line, will complain because you "didn't do your job" to anyone who will listen. Don't worry about it and know that you are doing the right thing!
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Old 03-29-2012, 05:41 PM
 
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Well the kid can only improve by having a perfect teacher!

I am feeling your pain this week especially - good luck dealing with it!
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You could give her 100% for being a smart a**. Maybe even a smelly sticker.
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to correct HER work and return it. but whatever. Ignore her. There are things called natural consequences and I am sure she AND her son are going to find this out.


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Old 03-30-2012, 06:59 PM
 
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I would have been tempted to write back

"Apology accepted."
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:15 PM
 
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I think that with a perfect teacher his handwriting should be just like yours in no time at all! What an enabling mom! She will always blame the teacher for her child's shortcomings!!!
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