I need advice on what to do with a teacher.On my project i got 76/75 & i know this is going to sound crazy cause i know thats an extremely excellent mark but my teacher marked something wrong...

I need advice on what to do with a teacher.

On my project i got 76/75 & i know this is going to sound crazy cause i know thats an extremely excellent mark but my teacher marked something wrong & i'm 99% sure it's correct but i don't know if i should tell her....


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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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I just want to be a teacher with 100 students.  Our normal load is 150-160, so essays take forever to grade!

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Don't be afriad to talk to the teacher, but don't be combative about it.  The best way is to be very polite and say you need help.  Ask the teacher to explain why the problem is wrong.  If the teacher made a mistake, you'll get it fixed.  If not, you'll learn what you don't know!

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shxpersdarklady | College Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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I tell my students that I don't mind being asked for a "recheck" on a particular question, so that I give them the vocabulary, even, for approaching me on something that the student thinks is correct that I marked incorrect.  "May I ask for a recheck on this question/aspect of my exam/paper?" communicates perfectly courteously to me that the student thinks it is correct, though I have marked it incorrect.  I don't know if you can use this vocabulary to communicate with your teacher in this instance, but I would encourage teachers to provide their students with this vocabulary early-on, so that it is easy to request a "recheck" without hurt feelings or insult.

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marilynn07 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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I would approach it as a learning opportunity for myself.  I would go to the teacher and ask the teacher to explain to me how this particular thing is incorrect.  I would say that I was under the impression it was the correct way or answer and somewhat confused by having it marked as incorrect.  Always present yourself as a learner rather than as questioning your marks.  If the teacher sees the mark as a mistake, he or she will correct it without calling undue attention to the mistake.  If the teacher explains to you that in some circumstances it is correct, but in this one it is incorrect...then you have your answer.

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justaguide | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

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You will excuse my asking this, but does the student who has started this thread by 76/75 mean that s/he received 76 marks in a project that was for 75 marks. And now wants to know whether the teacher should be approached to get this corrected.

I'd appreciate a teacher telling me a little about the style of marking used in schools in the US.

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Not only do I welcome inquiries on test scores, but also I encourage my students to let me know if they find a question on an exam to be ambiguous or incorrect in some way.  I have thrown out exam questions on the spot a few times because a student was able show me why they were confusing or could have more than one correct answer.

I think it is important to remember that a test is not a trap to "catch" a student, but a way for a teacher to assess what the student has learned for much better purposes.  The teacher needs to know what the student has learned because this tells a teacher how well he or she is teaching and what further work needs to be done to help the student to learn.  The student needs the feedback so he or she can tell what has been learned and also tells the student what further work needs to be done.

As the other respondents have noted, a good teacher welcomes questions about tests and should be approachable.  Does this mean that every teacher you meet will respond favorably? Probably not, but this is no different from any other part of life.  You will encounter some people who are reasonable and others who are not.  Learning this is part of the process of growing up.

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trophyhunter1 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Go to your teacher and present your point of view. At least let her discuss the rubric she used to arrive at your grade. Maybe she can give you some feedback as to why it received the grade it did. Also, if you feel you were sleighted, maybe she can revisit the project.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Learning how to walk the sometimes fine line between offending an authority figure and getting what you're entitled to is a life skill. We have all been on your side of things, and the odds are good that you will one day be on the other side of this scenario. My colleagues have given you great advice and insight; speak up and simply consider this practice for your "adult" life. 

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megan-bright | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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Definitely bring it to the teacher's attention in a humble and respectful manner. I've had to do this quite a bit, and my teachers never took offense. It is all about your approach. Sometimes I would have an answer wrong and the teacher would mark it correct and I'd bring it to her attention.

As you get older, you will come across all types of mistakes from all types of people. (And of course, you will make some as well). I wouldn't suggest correcting everyone, but wisely choose your battles and in this case since it is an actual grade, I think it's a good idea to be able to have some clarity on why the point was deducted.

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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Most teachers are not going to mind if you ask them about why they have marked something incorrect. If you approach them respectfully and are asking for an explanation as opposed to arguing the point with them.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In accord with the other teachers, questioning anything that a teacher has done is not difficult if one phrases one's objections in an unoffensive manner.  Often the use of the passive voice in one's questioning is effective since there is no "finger-pointing" in such a phrasing.  For example, "This answer has brought some questions to my mind.  Could you look at it for me, again so that I will better understand why it was marked as it was?" 

Many times, a teachers themselves have experienced  a wrong against them, so if the student is non-offensive, they will be sympathetic.

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booboosmoosh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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You cannot always talk with every teacher, but by making sure to ask without putting that teacher on the defensive, after class, you could ask where you went wrong so you don't do it again. You can admit that a point may not seem like much, but it could make or break a marking period grade...and if you're doing it in that class, it could be something you're also doing in another class.

I never mind someone asking: I remind them they have the right and I am "rarely" perfect...it's all in how they ask. Smile...and ask if you can "ask" a question...

Good luck, you should be fine!

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larrygates | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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As a teacher, and also as a human being, I am just as prone to mistakes as the next person. At the same time, I want my students to see me as approachable, and not afraid to speak up if they think I am mistaken. Grading papers can be a tedious task, and one from which teachers can be easily distracted. That being the case, I always ask my students to check behind me. I normally go over correct answers and ask, "did I grade anyone's paper wrong." Not all teachers may be approachable like this; but under no circumstances should you be afraid to speak up. Your teacher should appreciate the fact that you consider him/her approachable; and if you are right, correct your score. If you are not right, the teacher should consider this a teaching moment and demonstrate to you the difference between a correct response and your response.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I can't speak for any other of the teachers on here, but I can't imagine being angry at someone for asking me if I had graded something properly, especially if the student phrased the question in any sort of a polite way.

So what I think you should do is ask your teacher to explain to you whichever one you got wrong.  Don't go up and say "hey, I think this one is right."  Instead, say "I'm confused.  I thought this one was right but I guess I must be wrong.  Will you explain it to me so I can get it right next time?"

That way, you sound like you're asking for help rather than being confrontational.  And if you were actually right, your teacher will notice that and change your grade.

Don't worry that it's too greedy or something -- you deserve whatever grade you were supposed to get.  And it's not like teachers want to make mistakes and leave them uncorrected.

Good luck...


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nafasduneh | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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i think you yourself should be relax on what you do.most of the teachers care the same on what they think & what they do.they think they are always correct.you study your lessons & try to find the other ways to show you are correct


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