Dear T2T: I have a teacher who has stereotyped me as a C student. It’s English so she is able to use a subjective grading. I have a friend that has literally turned in the same work as me and received a B+. I don’t get it. I can’t tell her about that because I will get my friend in trouble too and I don’t want them to be pulled into this. What should I do? It’s just not fair. — Not a C
Response No. 1:
Your teacher may or may not being stereotyping you as a C student, but don’t just start jumping to conclusions. What you can do is ask your teacher and explain to her that your paper is similar to others students work and if she/he could look over your work again because you don’t think that you deserved a lower grade than other people. If the teacher doesn’t do anything and you think that you still don’t deserve that grade than you should go to your counselor.
Response No. 2:
Your friend most likely will not get in trouble so bringing that up shouldn’t be an issue. Student- teacher communication is key to success. If you feel like she is being unfair you need to speak to her. The teacher will never know how you feel and then that “stereotype” of being a C student will never go away. You should also talk to your friend and see if it’s okay to use his/her paper to compare so you have proof. If your friend wants to be kept out, then you will just have to have a talk with her or have a parent-teacher conference. However, it’s best to try to resolve the issue on your own without your parent because it shows your maturity and ability to effectively communicate. Most teachers are understanding and are willing to help students out as long as they seek the help. All teachers should be, no matter what, open to discuss. You just have to find the will and courage to go ask them.
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