Good morning! How can you tell if you're a teacher? By still waking up at the crack of dawn even when you're on vacation. Heh. I am a fourth year teacher at a public school, teaching world history and I am encountering combative parents for the first time in my career. The last email that I got honestly reduced me to a crying mess yesterday and I am honestly starting to get so depressed that quitting has crossed my mind. Here's the situation, I teach tenth grade World History and send home progress reports every two weeks. This past month, I forgot to send one on November fourth for my 4th period class. My students have a new grade report posted outside my classroom every Friday, and get their papers back within a week. Typically, if my parents want more frequent updates, they email me and ask for a report. No problem! I emailed home grades on Monday and was horrified discover my mistake when I got an email from a parent tearing me apart as a teacher, blaming me and my teaching methods for his daughter's eight point drop in the class - she went from an 88 to an 80. If they were so concerned about their student's grade, why did they wait two weeks after my last progress report was due to speak with me? Which is, three weeks before term ends!! Doesn't their daughter have more responsibility than I for her grade? She knows her scores, class policies and opportunities - she's never asked me for help, come in for tutoring or even raised her hand to speak up in class. Students can retake tests and she hasn't retaken a single one! I know that I should have realized my mistake sooner, and it's a totally newbie mistake. I just don't know what to do - they felt like I should be pursuing them and monitoring their child's grade personally. I have a meeting with them the Monday after break and I have no idea how to handle these parents, I've never had someone be so accusatory, rude and frankly mean to me since becoming a teacher. Ignore the ranting in between my pleas for help, I am in need of guidance and support! And patience... Lots of patience.