You’d think that the thoughtful and lengthy letter Diane Hewlett-Lowrie sent to her son’s second-grade teacher would have warranted an equally thoughtful reply, or, at the very least, opened up an interesting conversation.
Instead, Diane received nothing but a curt email reply. The teacher thanked her for expressing her concerns and told Diane that, according to the principal, homework couldn’t be modified without an Individual Education Plan [usually developed for Special Education students]. The teacher further stated that she had already made concessions for “[Diane’s son’s] time management difficulties” (allowing him to combine his 8 spelling words into less than 8 sentences), and that she would make no further changes.
Diane emailed back requesting a face-to-face meeting with the teacher and the principal. The teacher has agreed to set this up.