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What is with some parents?????

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

One of my students left for Florida. Until next week. Family emergency? Family vacation? I have zero idea! Parents didn't send a note, didn't inquire about school work, didn't contact any teachers, and seem quite unconcerned about his missing a week or so of school, in the last marking period of 8th grade.

The student didn't say anything to me about this. And he thinks I'm always picking on him. What he fails to realize is that he completed ONE project this marking period. That's right - ONE project in nine weeks. And that one project was actually something that everyone else finished the previous marking period. I'm nice, and I let him use that grade for this marking period. But he definitely is not receiving an A from me - and grades are due next week.

The kid will get an incomplete. He will have a few weeks to finish the current project. Plus the rest of the projects that everyone else is doing.

Maybe he'll get a B. Maybe a C. He comes to class, he's a nice kid, he just is easily distracted, socializes, and works at his own pace. Actually, he works quickly, he just wastes a lot of time.

Just frustrating!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MARCHEM 4/6/2011 2:49PM

    I know exactly what you mean about parents and students. Unfortunately, the ones who mess up at your level are still messing up in college. Hang in there. I usually just smile and tell them they've earned their grades.

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NEHITA 4/6/2011 1:42PM

    WOW. I was just reading an article recently about parents are being locked up now a days due to absences of their children in school. Another article I believe was in Michigan where a judge is really being forceful about it of locking parents up due to contact with teachers and school authority.

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BAKERICLISA 4/6/2011 5:59AM

    Unless there was a death in the family there is no excuse, but given the fact that they have not been on top of their child with their school work, they seem just as 'distracted' as he is.

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WATERMELLEN 4/5/2011 9:16PM

    Very frustrating indeed. The kid has little choice but to do what the parents schedule -- but what kind of message are they delivering about the importance of his school work?? Not very rewarding for such a dedicated teacher!!

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KOEHNA 4/5/2011 7:14PM

    Even if you are an IEP student you still only have so much time. I think you are being very generous.

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MILLISMA 4/5/2011 4:22PM

    Being a teacher is not easy and I can see how frustrating that would be.

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IMAOFSEVEN 4/5/2011 3:40PM

    Teaching is one of the most frustrating professions isn't it? Hang in there- you'll be retired before you blink.

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JORDAN1019 4/5/2011 2:33PM

    Sounds like my son, his mind is too busy and always moving on to something new. He is super smart, but just learns differently. Sounds like the parents need to be more involved, but unfortunately most just don't feel it's necessary. There should be some kind of accountability for parents who just don't seem to care. emoticon

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