Yesterday Kid's teacher shamed her during her spelling test.
She said something to the effect of...
"You have to start doing your tests faster. In the older grades, if you aren't done on time, they mark all of your answers wrong."
Number one, I've gone through quite a bit of schooling myself and have never found that to be true.
Number two, SHE HAS TEST ANXIETY, and I'm pretty sure that didn't help.
Thanks for making this an even bigger issue.
So it came as no surprise that in the end she got 30% wrong because she was so nervous.
She messed up words she knew with 100% confidence at home.
This is just not the right teacher, not the right setting, and not the right curriculum for her.
Despite the teacher making comments all year to her, do you think she has ever once contacted us to talk about Kid's timing issues?
She picks her apart in the classroom without doing anything to help her succeed.
The fact that, unlike all of the other kids in the class, Kid has never taken a test, nor needed to spell correctly before this year has never been considered. Frankly, she is doing pretty well considering the drastic change in curriculum.
I have gone in after school FOUR TIMES this month asking for her to please send Kid's desk work home at night so we could get it done, instead of letting it pile up and overwhelm her.
When I was in the classroom two weeks ago, the teacher actually said to the kids "You know what to do... multitask."
No wonder Kid is having a hard to time getting her desk work done.
This is second grade.
But like I said, despite going in and asking her to send work home because falling behind was stressing Kid out, to which she responded "Oh yeah, she does seem to get worried."***, I'd like to point out that the teacher HAS NEVER once contacted us to say Kid has difficulty completing her work. All of the work that comes home has stickers and smile faces. The only reason I know about it is because the pile of unfinished work makes Kid so upset she tells me about it.
Conferences are on Monday. How much do you want to bet she doesn't mention anything about Kid's difficulties?
*** which is a serious problem in and of itself, since I told her that Kid has an anxiety disorder BEFORE school even started.