One a month? I don't think I'd feel comfortable about that. I guess it depends on what their complaining about. Some people just complain about every little stupid thing. It depends on the school, parents, and teachers... but if I got one a month to my AP, I'd be wigging out (and trying to change)- but that's just me!!!
I teach in a private school and the parents' mantra seems to be "I pay tuition so I (or my child) ought to be able to (fill in outrageous demand here)." I had a parent go to the principal and the assistant principal the FIRST week of school because she was terrified her child was going to fail math this year. The mother was hysterical and passing that hysteria on to her child. The child has done very well but the mom is constantly on edge. Every principal knows that the parents are constantly complaining about stupid things. Our principal deals with all kinds of idiotic complaints about everything. Unless it is something serious (like bullying or a child's learning issue) tell yourself that you are doing the best you can and that it is administration's job to deal with the really crazy complaints.
Thats a good question I've wondered myself---Ina profession where we're often isolated from each other, and parents can complain at the drop of a hat, it's hard to not wonder if we're the only one to get a complaint. As the last person wrote, it really depends on the school, parent, nature of teh complaint, etc. If you are in a school where parents complain a lot dont worry....Ask people in your school if you feel comfortable. Also, save any positive feedback you get from parents, etc. to make you feel better when complaints do happen.
Parent complaints can be very frequent, depending on where you teach. As far as I know, though, I haven't gotten any complaints this year, other than one child was having problems with another child. One a month might be normal where you are.
If my VP or principal complained, though, I would be more upset. I guess it depends on what the complaint is. I've been corrected on procedures, but I wouldn't really count that as a complaint. I would hope to get only a couple a year, if that.
With complaints being the topic, how many of you hear from your principal or the assistant principal about parent complaints? I never hear that any parents have complained, but I am sure that some have. I would like to hear about complaints so that I can find solutions for any concerns. Do your assistant principals and principals tell you about the complaints?