Education is important to my husband and I, and we try to impart that to the wee ones. For us, it isn’t about the grades. While I want to know that the wee ones have given their best effort, I’m ok if that means they didn’t get straight As. That said, I want to make sure that they understand the material – especially in the younger grades where what they learn is truly the foundation for everything else that’s to come.
In that vein, we go over all the assignments and work and tests that come home. We go through what they did well – where they remembered some of the lessons they’re being taught or where they did their best handwriting or where I can see that they checked their work and erased a wrong answer. And then we go through the parts that the teacher marked wrong to ensure that the wee ones understood what was done incorrectly.
I have to be extra careful with Mister Man, however. Not only does his Asperger’s mean that he’s extra sensitive, but his teacher isn’t the best at grading. She’ll miss problems that are clearly wrong, and sometimes she’ll incorrectly mark a problem wrong that isn’t. That drives me batty, but I do my best not to let it show.
When the wee ones do a problem wrong, I have them redo it, especially if it’s something that they’ve gotten wrong on a regular basis or where they clearly haven’t used their best efforts.
I came across this paper the other day where Mister Man had to measure an object and report its length to the nearest half centimeter. Apparently, Mister Man also has a very strict sense of right and wrong.
But I have to give him credit. When I went back and measured it myself, it is definitely 8 1/2 centimeters. And you know, it’s not such a bad thing to teach him to stick to his guns, too.
How do you handle it when your child’s teacher doesn’t grade things correctly?