(Closed) Accusation email at work and should I take another step?!

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@LondonAugust:  I have not been in a similar position, but I would definitely recommend going and talking to your supervisor.  Just explain the situations like you did here.

If I recall, all of my early English professors (and even business professors) in college did the same thing with the 10-point rule.  I think your grading is fair – and that you are preparing the students for college.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

First – take a deep breath and calm down.  You aren’t fired, right?  And you have good reason to do everything you do, right?

So – go talk, in person to your advisor.  I’m not sure what your chain of command is, but start with who you’re closest to or sent you the email.  There may be nothing to defend.  Perhaps the emailer was short on time and sent an email with less details than may be available.  I’m guilty.  I might have already defended one of my employees, but will ask for an explanation, just in case I need to defend them further, and to understand for myself what actually went on. 

Your explanations sound perfectly reasonable and if you could talk in person there seems to be nothing to alarm about.  Even if you take it as a learning experience: “I didn’t grade as harshly at first, but I’ve learned the importance now and will be sure to from the start of all my classes from now on.”  You should know even teachers never stop learning!  😉

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@LondonAugust:  I think this:

 

As for the second, while I think the rule of taking a full letter grade off per mistake is well, a mistake, I had not taught my students the rules for fragments, etc so the first few papers I did not do that.  However, after the first few papers I did go over those rules and I have been removing points for that.  Sometimes I am a bit kind if the paper, aside from a mistake or two, is particular good…I would, generally, rather foster my student’s love of English and learning rather than focus purely on grammar.  But, generally, I have followed the 10 point rule.  

is a great explanation and makes complete sense.  I would stand by it and explain it. Be open to constructive criticism but know that you haven’t done anything that warrants you losing your job or to have your professionalism questioned.

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@LondonAugust:  I’m a teacher and have had dramatic work environments… I think you handled this well. All you can do it rationally defend yourself and remain calm. Once you explain yourself and they see that you’ve got a reason for what you’re doing, I’ve found that most supervisors/parents/students/whoever more or less say “oh okay that’s cool” and back off. Hopefully that’s the result.

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