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zemlene

Location: philippines

Position: Classroom Teacher


Yesterday, my nephew got home with the results of his test papers. Since i am a mathematics teacher, i first go over with the results in math. I rechecked the paper and I found out that there was two items there that he got the correct answer but his teacher marked it wrong. I then reported it to my sister, the mother of nephew about it. She told me to make a note on the test paper about it. And so i did, so that the teacher could rechecked it herself. Just this morning, my sister noticed that the note was gone, it was erased by his son.

We asked him why did he erase the note, he replied that he is ashamed to let his teacher know about the mistakes.

I then remembered during my high school days, that even though my mother is also a teacher in mathematics…i will not listen to her in some ways. My teacher’s way of solving the problem was not the same with my mother’s approach although they arrived at the same answer but to me, my mother’s answer was wrong because i wanted an answer similar to my teacher’s.

This is an indication that children believed and follow their teacher more than their parents with regards to school projects and homework.


#1

vanessa_cruz0615

Location: Philippines


Yes, I agree with you. In many times and instances, children look forward, believed and follow their teachers more than their parents with regards to school projects and homework. I hope that teachers will be a good role models to their students. Teachers has a big influence to their students.


#2

Debby-6-Kids

Location: Rhode Island, USA

Position: Parent


Zemlene I can remember being the same way. My parents would show me a way to solve a problem and the teacher would do it differently. So of course I had to do it the way the teacher did. Not sure why, but I think at the time I thought the teacher knew more. That and I think I just didn’t want to do things differently from the rest of the class.


 

Thanks, Debby


#3

Rose

Location: Philippines

Position: Parent


I understand the student’s dilemma but in your example Zemlene, your nephew got two items correct and yet the teacher marked it wrong. If I’m the parent, I would approach the teacher myself and discuss why she marked the answers wrong. No offense meant to the teachers, but teachers also commit mistakes. And if these mistakes are ignored, it’s the children who’ll suffer in the long run.


#4

zemlene

Location: philippines

Position: Classroom Teacher


Yes my sister did talked with the teacher about it. the teacher accepted her mistakes and apologized for that matter. It was already settled.


#5

Rose

Location: Philippines

Position: Parent


Great! Just curious, how did your nephew react after the teacher admitted the mistake.


#6

AyOuB

Location: Setif, Algeria

Positions: Classroom Teacher Administrator, English Teacher


Of course they will follow their teachers because they spend more than 6 hours in school, especially if it’s in the first grades so they have just one teacher (or two) all the day, but the parent have to check on the kid every while because not all teachers are Good Teachers.

C.A


#7

Rose

Location: Philippines

Position: Parent


Parents should not relegate the responsibility of teaching the kids to the teachers alone. It’s important for parents to keep an eye on the child’s progress in school. Small mistakes like this when left unattended creates bigger problems in the future.


#8

Debby-6-Kids

Location: Rhode Island, USA

Position: Parent


You are right Ayoub, not all teachers are good teachers but so far with the kids here I have been very blessed. Yes, there are times they make mistakes and I have brought the fact up to them. We are all human and as long as we have the kids best interest in mind life is good.

It’s the teacher that makes a mistake and won’t admit to it. I had a run in with a teacher in highschool and you would have thought I purposely set out to insult her. That woman gave me such a hard time the rest of the year I wished I had kept my mouth shut.


#9

zemlene

Location: philippines

Position: Classroom Teacher


Well my nephew doesn’t know yet the importance of those things because he is still a grade 1 pupil, He enjoyed school a lot and so innocent, he accepts all the things that was being taught to him. But we are more careful next time around. Besides, we don’t want him to lose his faith on his teacher for that incident.


#10

Debby-6-Kids

Location: Rhode Island, USA

Position: Parent


I often wonder if most teachers actually know how much power they have over the students? I know with my boys if the teacher says boo to them they jump which is okay but its not okay if the teacher misuses the power. Just reading the stories on this board shows how great teachers can influence children. A teacher can either make or break a childs outlook on education as much if not more than a parent can.


#11

keith at ela

Location: England UK and Philippines

Positions: Parent, Classroom Teacher Boy who could not read


Debby, you are so right – A teacher can either make or break a childs outlook on education as much if not more than a parent can.

It happened to me and affected me for many years.


 

Keithatela


#12

Debby-6-Kids

Location: Rhode Island, USA

Position: Parent


Sad but true. But with you Keith you had the courage to move forward. What concerns me is the kids that do not find that courage and struggle the rest of their lives. For many the joys of reading that have not even been discovered are lost never to be enjoyed. This is not even considering the effects it has in every other area of their lives.

If we had a student come on and read this what advice would you give them?


#13

keith at ela

Location: England UK and Philippines

Positions: Parent, Classroom Teacher Boy who could not read


Well Debby your question “If we had a student come on and read this what advice would you give them?”

Difficult!! I say difficult because if I just use my own experience then I would say to the student ” Listen to and respect both your parents and teachers but don’t take it for granted that everything they say is the truth the wole truth and nothing but the truth. Let them guide you and point you in the right dirrection, but find out all the facts yourself. Let them be a helping hand for you, not a cruch for you to depend on, they will not always be there. Let them teach you how to learn but don’t think they know everything and if you have a problem or you think something is not correct, then you must speak out. Don’t sit and fester about it for 30 years like I did.

I know the thing children are told is listen to your teacher and do everything you are told but is this the best thing to tell our children, at what stage do we encourage them to be independant thinkers?

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