This is my daughter's first year of middle school. She left elementary school with a 4.0 and was put into an Advanced Math class. Here is what I have been able to gather happens each day in the class: When they arrive the teacher has a bell ringer on the board for them to copy. The teacher then shows and explains notes that she has previously made up on the projector about the day's lesson. Next, she assigns a lesson from the Math book. The bell ringers for the week are all due on Friday and the teacher doesn't go over them in class- just hands them back with a grade. The "homework" is done in class, but can be taken home and turned in the next day. Bell ringers and homework are usually worth 10 points each and tests are worth 100. Even though I spend an hour each night going over homework with my daughter, she brings home at least 2 D's or F's each week. She scores 100 or more on the tests, so she has an A in the class right now, near the end of the first 9 weeks. What bothers me is that even after we spend so much time carefully trying to figure out what she expects with each homework assignment the teacher writes things like, "Careless", or "Follow directions." If my daughter leaves a label off, she marks the entire problem wrong. If she doesn't round an answer (when dividing decimals) to the nearest tenth (even if it works out evenly to the hundredth or thousandth place) she marks the answer wrong. Yesterday was the straw that broke the camel's back: The problem asked how many eggs a chicken would lay in 8 years if it laid 7 eggs a day. My daughter wrote the following for her answer: 20,454 (I originally had 20,440, but then remembered the 2 Leap Years). The teacher marked it wrong and wrote 20,440 on top of her answer. When I wrote a note asking her to take another look at it, she wrote IN INK ON TOP OF MY DAUGHTER'S EXPLANATION: -it didn't include leap year. When I asked about the rounding thing, she wrote, "My directions were to round to tenths; we discussed that rounding to tenths if necessary meant all times- no answer was to be beyond tenths- this is how we practiced in class." I asked dd what she would like for me to do and she said, "Just forget about it. I think I have an A in there right now." What would YOU do?