In Part one, Sally wrote an email to her daughters science teacher regarding and alleged infraction and a grade of D. To read Sally's letter, click here.
Consequences are a way for students to become more responsible. Responsibility is a necessary habit to survive and thrive in high school. All students, regardless of disability, are repeated offense in class. And are expected to have the same classroom behavior, and if they can not, they would not be mainstreamed.
I would appreciate it in the future, if you find it necessary to contact me, that you do that in a respectful manner, and refrain from the obvious attack. I would extend the same courtesy toward you.
Now then, I will continue as if you were politely asking what happened.
In 7th grade, students are expected to start taking personal responsibility. Although I am knowledgeable in the problems of certain learning differences, students ALL know that the list on the far left of the whiteboard, are students that are to report to class at 11:30 Wed., for only 15 minutes of detention. It is a small consequence for a repeated offense in class. I do admire the student that comes in, serves respectfully, and is allowed to leave.
This small consequence and the self discipline it needs to do, helps the student become better at meeting responsibility. For this, I give up my own lunch, but I feel that the students learn a small part of a habit that will help them succeed in high school.
On Wed., I remind students that it is Wednesday, "make sure you are not on the reflection list. It can not be my responsibility to tell each student, as I have 120, not 20 or 30. Middle school is a different ball game than the lower grades. We train students not only academically, but HOW to be the best student they can be.
Part 3 Sally writes back.