He brought home a progress report today and has a 70 in reading. The note reads "struggling and needs to stay focused." Now I know my son has a tendency to daydream and not pay attention and sometimes I think he does sloppy work on purpose because he doesn't feel like doing it. His K and 1st grade and 2nd grade teachers have all told me these things and I know he's not perfect, but still I'm a little shocked at this grade. He has brought home a few failing papers in the past couple of months but I was not expecting this low of a grade. They do tons of worksheets every day ad have homework every day also and they grade everything so I didn't really think a couple of failing worksheets would bring his grade to a 70.
Another factor - his teacher has been on maternity leave since a week after they returned from winter vacation. So about a month and she won't be bak for another month at least. My sons class has had a long term sub. I asked him and he said he didn't like her but I couldn't get him to elaborate.
I'm disappointed in him, we always stress that school is the most important thing in outs kids lives right now and he usually is an excellent student.
I'm planning a conference with the sub teacher next week and I also plan to include his other teacher who teaches math and science; he spends half the day in her class so she knows my son and may have input I need to know.
What would you do in this situation? Has anyone ever had to deal with a child having a long term sub and did it affect them at all?