DS 12, 7th grade signed up for art as an elective this year. He had outside occupational therapy for a multitude of issues in elementary including fine motors but has no formal diagnosis from school. We never pushed for it because every teacher picked up fast on the mismatch between who DS is verbally and what he shows on paper. He had all the necessary accommodation in elementary without the label. No accommodation in middle school has yet been needed since almost everything he's done can be typed or is online.
The issue in art. DS signed up for it because he wants to improve and we commend that. All work is supposed to be graded on effort. So far, he's never gotten more than half-credit on a project and his grade in that class is low even though his progress report says he's a well-behaved, focused boy. DS went to her concerned and she told him she felt he wasn't putting out his best effort. He was very disheartened. I can hardly blame the teacher. DS's best effort still looks like a 3rd grader did it and unlike his academic teachers, this teacher is only getting a narrow picture of him at his worst. The next project, he really sweated over but again, only half credit.
I want to send the teacher a note but DH has some reservations. He is right, this is DS's "challenge" class and that is of value. I certainly don't want to feed the meaningless "grade monster" but then, he's proud of his 4.0, has worked hard to maintain it and it would be a shame to have it blown because his best effort doesn't look as pretty as his peers. I don't want to argue her grades to this point, I just wonder if a little history would open her to the possibility that DS is trying harder than she thinks.
Hmmm, just curious if it sounds to "helicopter-ish" lol.