from parents! Ugh! I get about 5 handwritten and at least 5 more emails. Everyday. I'm going nuts!! (This is purely what is in my head right now. Basically a vent. I'm not really angry- more of a feeling of incredulity. That many of you can probably relate to!!) Many of them are "My child does not understand math. Is there tutoring available?" Well, every single parent I get these notes from has a child that is never on task, and possibly even causes disruptions. My response to them is basically "Your child is not paying attention. At all. [(S)he is actually impeding the math lesson on a daily basis] Once they start paying attention, it will come easier to them. If they are still struggling, I'll work with you to find help." (Obviously I don't say that, but in a flowery way, that is the nutshell.) I got an email after school today from one of my biggest behavior problem's parents. "He just doesn't understand. Please call me." Oh boy. I can't wait until Monday. She will be getting, "Well, he has yet to take out a piece of paper or even crack open his book. I remind him a dozen times a day, but he refuses. He is too busy trying to catch [girlfriend]'s attention and pass notes to her." I normally hate this kind of stuff. I hate confrontation, I hate contacting parents about behavior. Hate it. But I am at my wits end with some of these kids. I started using Class Dojo this week, so I've been throwing that in my responses. "Please check their Class Dojo to see exactly how they've behaving in class." Of course, once I respond back this way, I never hear from them again. And their child's behavior doesn't improve. I'm so tired of spending all of my planning every day responding to these notes! Ridiculous! My favorite- I have a kid with an 89.4%. Math is admittedly his worst subject. He participates in class, is always on task, wonderful kid. He struggles mainly with the word problems or with applying a skill to a different situation. I'm not worried about him in any way. I get a note "Billy is struggling with math. Can you please sit down with him 1 on 1 to go over things?" Sure. Not a problem. I only have 34 kids in my class that can't behave when I'm directly monitoring them, much less carrying on a conversation. Even worse when my attention is focused elsewhere. Half are failing because they won't do work. I have 100 minutes to teach both math and social studies. Plenty of time to sit down 1:1 with your child. Who understands. I have to follow the math book in order- per directives from above. It starts with algebra. Algebra. Seriously? First thing?! (Note- I really hadn't paid attention to 6th grade Common Core math. Holy. Freaking. Cow. This is ridiculous! I learned this in 6th, but I was in advanced honors math- two years ahead!!! This was 8th grade math when I was in school. And I graduated in this millennium!) I tried seeing if I could sneak around, but every chapter refers back to this. I'd have to pull all of my own resources- which is also forbidden. This is a new math adoption- their first in 17 years. Therefore this is my Bible. Per administration.