Charlotte, from another Charlotte, I can tell you that all the advice I
have read so far is excellent, but I think that you have hit the nail on
the head when it comes to Parental expectations.
I am in my 12 year teaching LA/History, and this year, teaching what
was billed as an advanced 8th grade block of Reading/la/history, I suddendly
am beset by major whiners...both students and parents. It is dishearting
because since all the material is relatively new to me, I am going all
out to reeducate myself, and plan great lessons...and all I get is WHINING>>>>>>>>
and it goes on and one. When kids hear such negative comments at
home, they carry it right on to school and into your room. I am being
relentless, as are you, and hope that they all come around.
Charlotte, in very rural Northern California...which maybe a lot like
Tennessee in some ways.