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April 25, 2014

Technology can interfere with parenting

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NORMAN —

We are just about on our last straw because she says papers aren’t returned and group partners receive different and even higher grades than she does. She says he loses her papers and that’s why she has a low grade.

We have noticed missing grades on Parent Portal because of this. Short of going to the superintendent, what other suggestions do you have?

— David and Patti, Oklahoma City

Dear David and Patti,

There are always two sides to every story. Have you actually met with the teacher in person?

Make an appointment through the counselor’s office and also include your daughter in this conference. Not that you don’t have an outstanding daughter, but sometimes things get miscommunicated. Group partners’ grades cannot be discussed and don’t have to be identical, as each student is responsible for a certain part of the project or assignment.

We are glad you use Parent Portal, but we have to tell you in all of our years as educators, we can count on one hand the number of assignments that were actually lost by the teacher.

Prepare a list of your concerns prior to the meeting to make sure you get the answers to everything in question. Feel free to contact the superintendent, but in this instance, you will likely be asked if you have met with the teacher. If not, you will be redirected, because the superintendent knows little about the specifics of this situation.

It’s always good practice to follow the proper chain of command. By meeting face to face with everyone involved, we feel the tension between you, the teacher and your daughter will be alleviated.

Please send questions to questions.classact@gmail.

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.

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