I had my meeting with Assistant Principal Z this morning at 7:45 AM. My UFT Chapter Leader was present.
The Assistant Principal asked me if I had given my students their report card grades prior to report cards being distributed.
I replied that I had.
He asked me how I had given the grades.
I replied that I had gone around the classroom writing the grades in the students' lab books. (I had also given them the option of writing the grades on any piece of paper they handed me.)
The Assistant Principal then told us that a parent called the school complaining that her child had come home crying because she had been embarrassed in front of her classmates. According to the child, I had announced everybody's grade publicly.
I was not allowed to know which child lied to her parents about me, or which mother complained about me without talking to me first.
The Assistant Principal then said that he had carried out an investigation and that the students in the class had verified my manner of giving the grades, and backed up the fact that I had not announced grades publicly.
You might think that I am happy about the way this matter was handled by the administration. I am not.
They talked to the kids before they talked to me. When they couldn't find witnesses to support the complaint, they had to give up. Then they contacted me.
This is a new understanding of KIDS FIRST.
My word is only as good as the number of 13-year-olds who agree with me.
I don't feel good. I'm going to bed.