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Posted on March 11, 2015 9:04 am
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yTuGub
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"Good Stock"
You are the teacher of a Math class for seniors. You have a student who not only refuse to try to complete assigned tasks but continue to be disruptive during instruction. You call a meeting with the the parents to discuss the student's performance and the reason for the student's failing grade. The parent failed to offer any workable solution but the comments made seem to blame your teaching style as the reason for the student's failure. In addition the parent informed you that the student's mother is a school administrator and the father is an assistant superintendent of education in a nearby county so therefore the student is of "good stock". The meeting ended with you being more frustrated than before. What should be your next step?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted March 12, 2015 2:20 pm

Jordan Najafi
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I would keep detailed documentation of the student's behavior and failure to complete their work. In that situation it is vital that the teacher remember she is dealing with parents, not officials. I would also begin weekly emails updating the parents about the student's behavior and academic progress, including copies of grade reports and reports of any unacceptable behavior.
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Solution 2
Posted March 12, 2015 1:05 pm

RuReja
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When dealing with a "threatening" situation its important to keep detailed documentation. Also, be aware that sometimes, the good old boy system is more powerful than we are as teachers.
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neHaGy
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This is an great solution! i will definitely use this in my classroom.
  Posted on: October 2, 2015 7:00 pm

Kady Schlemmer
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I agree that documentation is key is situations like this, but acknowledging that there is (sometimes) no power to change it is very sad.
  Posted on: July 9, 2016 8:50 pm

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