English frustration, could use some ideas....
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|Sun, 03-24-2013 - 1:39pm|
I could use some ideas about bettering DD's English situation. DD 16 really does love her school and it's such an improvement over the last 2 years that she was quite forgiving of any faults 1st semester. It's a college/high school hybrid. DD takes honors English and Social Studies at the high school level with about 30 high school classmates. Everything else she takes at the community college. The English teacher is new to the program. She's really a lovely person. She's present in the class, engages with the students and from our local research, is teaching a class comparable to honors English in most high schools. The reading material is good stuff that DD has thoroughly enjoyed (she'd read most of it before but was happy to re-read.) The vocab, largely obsure SAT words DD doesn't know and since there is no work required with them, only a test end of the week, not an issue. The writing, a problem. DD has already asked not to be graded against her peers but she still gets perfect scores. She doesn't feel like she's growing. The unforgivable part for DD is the discussion. It's either basic or not there. There are several highly gifted kids in the class (all older males) but they tuned out years ago it seems. They are entirely mute in class, don't press for more like she does and resist her trying to pull them out. This last book, they've taken to doing a lot of read aloud because a chunk of kids simply aren't keeping up with the reading at home.... it's just so painful for DD and unlike the college classes, it's everyday!
So, how to fix this? DD can take English classes at the college and is planning on doing so this summer. However, because of the difference in subject matter packaging, she can't REPLACE the high school English classes with college ones like she's doing with her other subjects.... well, unless she just tests out of high school and moves to the college full time and thus losing the gift of priority registration and waived fees (a little too golden to give up at this point.)
So, any ideas? We're at a loss. DD's talked to the teacher several times and she's clearly trying but it's not enough. I could talk to the teacher too but I hate to go in with no ideas. If the issue is her peer performance, what can we possibly do about that? It could very well be DD needs to suck it up for an otherwise great schooling fit but I know she's already dreading next year when they are going to be focusing on Shakespeare and British lit. DD routinely holds her own with professionals, professors and masters students on the subject. DD might just explode or worse, withdraw emotionally like she did at her last school.