crazy week of crazy requests

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  1. 2ndTimeAround

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    So in the past five school days:

    I had a mother ask me to privately tutor her child after school because the student is too embarrassed to ask for help in front of anyone else.

    Had a father ask me to accept a project from the last grading period because the kid worked really hard on it even though the student still failed to submit other assignments for THIS grading period.

    A mother asked me to call her every day at the start of class to tell her that her daughter turned in her assignments. That way she'd have time to run anything that was forgotten to the school before the class was over.

    A mother asked me to "ignore" her son's absences so they could take an extended break without penalty.

    Had a student ask me to "just" give her a 50 on a test because she didn't know any of the answers. She earned a 19.

    Had a former student ask me to change his final grade from two years ago. From an F to a C. He needs it to be a C so he can get into college.

    Had a coworker ask me to take half of her class last period so she could go to her son's Thanksgiving party at school. She didn't want to use any of her time and was going to sneak out. I told her I didn't have enough seats. She said the kids could sit on the floor.

    Had mother ask me to call her any time I send an email out to parents because she isn't interested in that email "stuff."
     
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  3. swansong1

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    I'm guessing most, if not all, your answers were "no!" :hugs:
     
  4. 2ndTimeAround

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    Yes, some were just a plain "No."

    Others included some polite prose wrapped around a refusal :)
     
  5. Go Blue!

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    This is the only thing I would have said yes to. Also, I automatically "ignore" absences if students are willing to make up the work. This is pretty much a school "policy."

    The rest is just varying levels of crazy.
     
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    The not asking for help in class because of embarrassment, comes up all the time in 4th grade conferences where I work.

    I do the best I can to stomp this out of parents. I try to word it as "professionally" as I can, but basically say your child will not make it and it is not an ok excuse to say they are embarrassed or shy.
     
  7. TeacherNY

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    Ummm, heck no?
     
  8. Linguist92021

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    I see the pattern so many kids are suffering from: parents making excuses for not doing the work, parents enabling the entitlement in their kids, and parents are spoiling their kids.
     
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    Wow. The student asking for a 50 takes the lead.
     
  10. czacza

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    :2cents: can you tell I dont deal with bs?
     
  11. TeacherNY

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    Haha yeah as soon as you mention the rates I think they might have a change of heart.
     
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    Great responses cza! I wouldn't have been so nice about the late project. I would have said something like, "I'm glad he did the project. Grades for last quarter are already permanently stored. These are the projects that are coming up."
     
  13. catnfiddle

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    For the majority of these requests, I turn to Supernatural's Castiel for an answer:

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  14. 2ndTimeAround

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    Oh, I didn't take the project. All of my responses were "no" in one form or another ;)
     
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    This is actually very common in grading. It is based on the 5 point scale used for standardized testing. The idea being that there should be an equal measure between all letter grades (in this case 10 percent).
     
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    Yeah, she didn't know that. She was grasping at straws, trying to strike a deal.
     

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