I got an email from a parent earlier today - What seems to be Billy's problem in your class? Well mom, Billy does the absolute minimum that he thinks he can get away with. If it requires any effort, Billy doesn't want to do it. He puts more effort into trying to figure out how to cheat than he does into actually doing the work (which is why I make sure Billy is sitting with another student that doesn't do work). He has lots of really low grades (14, 41, 38, 53) and several 0s for just not doing the work. He has failed three of the last four weekly tests we have had (probably because he refuses to listen while we review). Basically, I believe that if breathing wasn't an involuntary action, Billy would have suffocated long ago. I guess this would be a little harsh, so I edited it before I replied to the email, but it felt good to type it here. BTW, parents have access to our grades over the internet and can check them at any time. Progress reports came out almost 3 weeks ago and she is just now contacting me about his grades!?!? Ahh, vent over and I feel better now.