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What would you do if teacher marked the homework wrong?

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winterblue1 Tue 01-Dec-15 11:29:42

DS only has 1 piece of home work a week. Once, the teacher marked 1 math question wrong, DS did it right, but teacher said it was wrong. DS did it with my help, so I can see it is a bit tricky, you may get it wrong in a hurry. So I left it. The other time, teacher missed some part of his homwork which was in another page. Well, I guess teacher must marked it in a hurry. I didn't say anything. But then this time, it's about writing, teacher marked one word wrong, suggested a different word. But I think the one DS used is definitely right, and I asked a few people for confirmation, they all agreed DS was right.

What would you do then, just leave it? Talk to DS, and tell him that he is right, that teacher sometimes do make mistakes? Talk to teacher?

Haggisfish Tue 01-Dec-15 11:36:58

I'd talk to teacher but on a one to one manner, not in front of lots of people way.

Knottyknitter Tue 01-Dec-15 11:38:13

How old is he? In ks1, I'd say speak to teacher, phrased in a " how can I support DS?" Way

In juniors, suggest he speaks to the teacher.

I still remember having "lady mayor" changed in a piece of hw writing in y6 to "mayoress" and our town's female mayor had visited the school and explained the difference the previous week! Unfortunately, having changed my story and marked it down, the teacher refused to change it back. I'd have hated my mum to get involved though.

I just became a thorny feminist in that teacher's side for the rest of the year!

Chchchchangeabout Tue 01-Dec-15 11:38:26

I would probably chat to other parents to see if they are having similar issues. Then decide (depending on how I thought teacher would respond) whether to have a friendly word with teacher or to mention it to head or whoever.

Chchchchangeabout Tue 01-Dec-15 11:40:06

And would also have the teachers are sometimes wrong chat with DS as it's a useful lesson.

irvine101 Tue 01-Dec-15 11:48:43

I would tell my ds to ask the teacher himself why it was marked wrong, but he is YR3.

winterblue1 Tue 01-Dec-15 11:49:51

He is in KS2 now, but I don't think he has the courage to talk to the teacher about this yet. I may ask other parents to see if they have these problems as well, that's a good idea.

winterblue1 Tue 01-Dec-15 11:51:18

Irvine, DS is in Y3 too, but I think he may not have that courage yet.

swashbucklecheer Tue 01-Dec-15 11:52:26

I think the odd mistake now and again is forgivable after all the teacher will have a stack of at least 25 other homeworks to mark too. They can't be infallible all the time.

OldBeanbagz Tue 01-Dec-15 11:54:26

I would (and have) corrected marking mistakes in DS's books. SOmetimes the kids in his class mark each other's books. Are you sure it was his teacher that did it?

irvine101 Tue 01-Dec-15 11:59:41

I agree with swashbucklecheer.

But it really depend on what kind of mistake it was. Maths calculation, I don't fuss. What kind of word did she marked wrong?
If it's something important, not just a silly mistake, I would clarify with the teacher.

noblegiraffe Tue 01-Dec-15 12:00:00

After every test I get the kids to compare papers and check my marking. There's always something that I've marked right that's wrong or vice versa. Honestly, when you're marking maths is can all become a bit of a blur.
Suggesting a word is wrong when it is right though is different as it requires a bit of thought. Just tell your DS you disagree with the teacher, look it up in a dictionary and leave it.

Teachers have to mark in a hurry, there aren't enough hours in the day otherwise.

winterblue1 Tue 01-Dec-15 12:15:33

Yes, it would be his teacher, as his teacher signed it and made comments at the end. The first time and the second time, I think it is because the teacher is in a hurry. The third time, the teacher crossed the word DS used, and replaced with another word, but the original word is fine. This one made me doubt about the teacher's ability now. They have only done 7 homework so far.

It sounds a good idea, if I write down the correct answer myself beside the wrong one, and explain my thought. Any one think the teacher would be un happy?

ItchyArmpits Tue 01-Dec-15 12:20:54

What were the words?

Seeline Tue 01-Dec-15 12:21:28

With the 'incorrect' word - what was the point of the homework? If fir example children were being asked to use more exciting words as part of the exercise. and your DSs word was correct, but maybe not stretching his vocabulary, the teacher may have changed the word for that reason?
But yes - teachers do get things wrong, and I have been known to correct spellings sent home to learn, and even refuse to have the DC learn words that don't actually exist!

irvine101 Tue 01-Dec-15 12:28:03

Is the teacher going to see the corrected work?
If so, I wouldn't correct it myself, but draw the attention to the part and write a note asking why the word dc has written was wrong, with my opinion that I think it is a right answer. (With a confused parent approach.)

winterblue1 Tue 01-Dec-15 12:41:37

A note stick beside then, no matter if the teacher see it or not, DS will know the correct answer .

Thanks for everyone's suggestion.

PurpleGreenAvocado Tue 01-Dec-15 12:55:53

Place marking...we had this last week, dd had to add punctuation into

The class were not looking forward to parents evening. Dd thinks it should be parents' evening because it was lots of parents but the teacher put parent's evening when he marked it.

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