Teachers of Reddit, what is the worst parent conference you’ve ever had?
Not a teacher but I got called in to talk to my son’s teacher when he was 5. I had a crap ton of stuff going on at my job (corporate merger and departmental reorganization). And I guess I wasn’t watching my language during evening rants. During school my son found out that his best friend left at noon and his response was, “I can’t fucking believe that!” I had to hear about this from a teacher who was giving me the “we both know where he heard this” stink eye. I was a bit embarrassed.
Happened this year. Parents were a no-show (expected) so my principal and I did a home visit. Gave the mom his report card and got her signature, but not without her going back and forth into the house to “clean.” I left their house in tears – called our school resource officer, also.
Source: I’m a kindergarten teacher.
Parent had their period all over the student chair, right through her pajama pants.
My very first one (as a student teacher). One of my students had been making racist jokes in one of his other classes. So, that teacher requested a meeting his mom and the dean. All teachers were invited. My cooperative teacher enthusiastically volunteered me to go (without my consent.) So I am basically forced into this meeting. I get there and no other teachers showed up. The dean was busy breaking up a fight. So me, a 22 year old student teacher, was responsible for talking to this kid and his batshit mom about behavior which didn’t even happen in my class!
In middle school, we have teams of teachers who all teach different subjects to the same group of around 150 kids.
We had a new history teacher on our team. She did a really cool project involving dioramas at the end of the semester. She displayed a few of the best in her classroom.
She came in one day and one of her kids was upset that her diorama was broken. Not just broken. Trashed.
She knew exactly which class had done it, so the next day she simply stated her disappointment in whoever did it, and also those who stood by without saying anything.
After class a young man came up to her and admitted he’d damaged the project. He really didn’t have much of an explanation. She wrote him a detention, and thanked him for being honest.
Teacher got a call the next day from an irate parent, demanding a meeting. When we meet with irate parents, we almost always meet as an entire team.
Mom comes in and said her son didn’t damage anything and wouldn’t be serving the detention.
“But he admitted doing it.”
“He confessed because he’s black, and knew you’d assume he did it anyway.
Interestingly, the teacher is also African-American.
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