Wednesday I posted my concerns about some very unpleasant criticism Kevin received from his teacher on a recent class assignment, if you missed it you can read it here. Well first things first, I spoke with Kevin about this remark he received on his assignment. I asked him what happened, why his assignment was so “messy” and how the word “YUCK” made him feel.
Please accept my apologies, but the comment on his paper was not intended to offend you or Kevin. My students know how important clean and neat handwriting is to me, and “Yuck” is a word I use often in class to describe examples of handwriting that need improvement. Kevin knows I do not use this word harshly or in a malicious manner. It is simply an easier way for me to let students know their handwriting needs improvement.
I assure this is not a way of demeaning his abilities! Kevin is a very bright child and one of the top students in the class. He is reading at a fourth grade level. He is often given additional assignments because his works quickly, efficiently and more often then not he will have completed his classroom assignments before most of the other students. I am very confident in his abilities, and I know he is too. He just need to improve his handwriting.
I have spoken to Kevin about the assignment you are concerned about and he said the comment made him feel sad. I apologized to Kevin and explained to him that his work was correct, but he needs to work on his handwriting. He accepted my apology and told me that he would work on his handwriting.
If you are still concerned, or have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to email me. Have a wonderful evening!
Thank you to the lovely ladies from Hello Shaka, Supper Mommy or Not, Raising Reagan, Ladies in Navy, Hand in Hand, Boogies N Boo-Boos, From a Daughter, Army Wife Mommy Life, Life with Joys, Southern California Belle, Sweet Tiny Blessings, The Momma Experience, as well as Donna and Shelley for your thoughtful comments about the situation!!
Have a great weekend everyone!