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I'm being blamed for a child failing math, and I don't teach math.
Old 10-30-2017, 05:02 PM
 
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I teach 5th and we are partially departmentalized. We have a homeroom class for reading, and we switch with our partner for math and science. I teach the science.

Get an email from high maintenance parent whose child is perfect. She is livid and "shocked" about the math grade on the report card. Parent states that she has always struggled in math, but grade has never been that low and how the hell did I allow this to happen without a note home.

Since I *DON'T TEACH MATH* I reminded parent that progress reports had been sent home at 3 weeks and 6 weeks, graded papers are sent home weekly, and she can access grades at any time on the online portal. Also, since I don't teach the f***ing math class, any communication regarding math would come from math teacher and not me.

She responded, and it's STILL MY FAULT since I am apparently supposed to be a psychic and know what she is struggling with in math, and since I am the homeroom teacher I should be "reaching out to her with concerns."

Did I mention I don't teach math?


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I'd be seriously crazypants that this parent is so desperate to blame you or anyone else for her child's poor grade. The witch came a day early;so sorry for your angst.
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I would laugh on the inside and keep re-directing her to the math teacher. She's crazy!

I think I will email my son's science teacher about his grades in English. I'll let you know what response I get! I guarantee you, HS teachers don't play.
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Are these the parents that pretend to know what's going on in their childrens' lives? Do they even know their own kids' friends? Do they know where their child is right this very moment?
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It's all about blame.
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If she blames you, then she is absolved of any responsibility in her mind.

I'm sorry this happened.


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Instead of apologizing to you, she chose to double down. Apparently she expects you to be more aware of her child's grades than she is!

I once had a parent absolutely livid because I was not servicing their child. At the time I was a Sped teacher and their child had a 504. Talk to their teacher.
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It’s elementary. While she shouldn’t blame you, I know that when we were departmentalized we discussed kids constantly and handled our own homeroom parents.
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Old 10-31-2017, 04:55 PM
 
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I would continue to redirect her to the math teacher, and let the math teacher be aware that she needs to call her. My partner and I handle our own subjects with both classes. We both own all the kids.
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