· Be respectful of all in the classroom — should teachers really have to take time away from a lesson to tell kids to be nice to another person? Children should be taught at home that our differences are what make each of us special. Tolerance is an important quality to instill in your children from the earliest age.
· Make their best attempt at assignments — it is truly hard to fail a class if a best effort is being given. We have asked hundreds of kids why they flunked certain classes, and answers such as “I didn’t go to class,” “I didn’t do the assignments,” “I slept through class,” or “I hated that teacher and didn’t do the work” are among the most popular answers. Seriously? You now have an F, and it’s entirely your fault. Students who attempt the work, go for help when they don’t understand and put forth a good effort are more than likely not going to fail the class.
In response to your questions, find out if all of the above are taking place in your son’s classroom. You can look on Parent Portal to see how many absences, tardies, and missing assignments there are, as well as grades on completed assignments. An attitude problem or problems with others in the classroom can easily be found out by emailing the teacher. If, after this investigation, you truly feel your son is being discriminated against, contact the teacher first. Always start here, since that’s the source. If necessary, you can request a conference with your son’s teacher and counselor. Remember, there are two sides to every story.
We just have to tell you a funny story. Years ago, we taught with a teacher who was not particularly fond of cheerleaders until her daughter became one. It was an eye-opening experience for her, and she saw the error of her ways and became an outstanding teacher.
Send questions to email@example.com. Sally and Jeannie are certified school counselors with more than 50 years combined educational experience. Jeannie has two children, Sally three. The responses presented don’t necessarily reflect the views of any certain school district.