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Posted on March 2, 2013 12:28 am
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Zafer Unal
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Accusations
A student goes home saying that the teacher constantly picks on them, that the teacher hates them and that the teacher never allows them to answer a question. The parent comes in accusing you of picking on their child in front of others and they want the child moved to another classroom. How do you handle this situation?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted April 18, 2013 7:26 pm

Saoirse Ibarguen
Saoirse Ibarguen
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I would calmly tell the parent that I treat every student equally. As a professional, I do not "pick" on students or hate them. Every student is allowed to answer questions. The only instance in which I would not allow them to answer a question is if they spoke out of turn or exhibited rude behavior. I would have a conference with the parent and the administration about the parent's desire to move the child to a different classroom.
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Natisha
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I would definitely try my best to keep everything calm as best as possible.
  Posted on: March 1, 2015 8:58 pm

yJuhuv
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If I were in this situation, I would exactly do this.
  Posted on: October 14, 2018 9:41 pm

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Solution 2
Posted April 18, 2013 7:27 pm

N Gunnin
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I would arrange that the proper school personnel attend the meeting, and have them assist me in conference. If the parent does not believe me, I would ask the proper school personnel and parent what they would like me to do to prove it to them. I would explain that no other students or parents have come in to discuss this matter with me, and would ask them to present what facts they have to accuse me of this matter.
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ypuqum
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I agree with arranging for other personel to be present. The parent obviously dislikes you without evidence therefore you need to have a witness present when meeting with this parent.
  Posted on: October 16, 2014 7:05 pm

raWubu
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I like this solution. In this case I would definitely want someone on my side to back me up. I only want to present facts. Facts are fair.
  Posted on: October 19, 2014 10:58 pm

Natisha
Natisha
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I wouldn't ask them to let me prove it to them.
  Posted on: March 1, 2015 8:57 pm

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Solution 3
Posted March 12, 2015 2:55 pm

Jordan Najafi
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I wouldn't speak with a parent that came up to the school in a temper without a scheduled appointment for a conference and an administrator present. I would also document parent-teacher correspondence. When speaking with the parent, I would first ask them what their student has relayed. I would then tell them my side of the story and offer possible explanations for the student's claims.
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