Advice on report card

Ranita - posted on 07/15/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My grade 7 daughter is in French Immersion in Toronto, Ontario. She is pretty good in maths. All her class work, home work and test score vary from 80% to 100%. But the teacher marked her 60% to 65% in all sections of maths. During the year I emailed couple of times to know how she is doing. The teacher would always ignore at least 3 to 4 of my emails before she would response to any. But most times she said the my daughter is exceptional good even for the grade 8 standards who are doing a combined class. Because of the strike there is no explanation beside the grades. What do I do?

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Raye - posted on 07/16/2015

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If you don't understand the grade, the teacher is not responding to you, and you have her homework and test scores that indicate the grade should be higher, then you need to take it up to the next level. Talk to the principal. You deserve to know why your child is getting low marks so you can either help her improve her grades, or change to a different teacher/school. The teacher should not retaliate because someone questions her methods, especially when she was given so many chances to discuss the situation prior to it going to the principal. If fault is found, then she has no one to blame but herself. If she makes things worse for your child, then she needs to be fired or you need to change schools.

Ranita - posted on 07/16/2015

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Thanks You Yisnely for your suggestion. But the situation is a bit different. We had a parent teacher night in the beginning of the year, when I was there to talk to the teacher for the first time. While standing as the last person on line I was waiting patiently, I experienced a very disrespectful attitude from the teacher. When my turn came she turned around and started talking to other co workers completely ignoring me. I tried not to be rude to interrupt her and left the hall telling her that I will communicate with her through email. Ever since then I send 6 emails unanswered when I had to write a note on the agenda to have her check emails. She responded back in a very brief yes or no answer. During the whole year I met other teachers and discussed things but she never responded to my communications when I wanted to set up meeting. I have all the trail of emails. One time she answered and said my daughter is doing excellent and that's it. Recently teachers had a strike, so no meetings were held after the end of the year report cards which were send by mail only. I was very upset all these time and kept my patience. I thought of going to the principal but resisted just because she may start victimizing my child. But I think she did already. Somehow she just do not like my child and me and she is becoming personal. I have carefully evaluated and did the average of all tests and the average comes out to 88% whereas she only gave her 60%. As far as I know in maths you are either right or wrong. She can have argument in literature grading but not in maths. The only reason I am skeptic in complaining and challenging is she will be teaching my daughter again in grade 8 and who knows what she will do when grade 8 report card is very important for high school admission. Any advice from the community will be appreciated.

Yisnely - posted on 07/15/2015

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My advice is that I don't know if in your school they do parent /teacher conference. I live in N.Y. they do that here, like that we can be in touch with them and ask any questions or concerns about you kids and try to help them to improve if they need it. But maybe next time just go to the school and do a appointment with the teacher don't wait until the last report my daughter is in 7 was, now is in 8 grade .Like your daughter my is good in math but at the end was more hard.But they did a great job:)

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