difficult child's English teacher called me a little while ago, and right now it looks like we are all on the same page. He agrees with difficult child is a very smart kid and that he can do better in the areas that he seems to lacking. I gave him some background information, pretty much telling him why I think he has trouble with spelling and punctuation, and he agrees with me and thinks that my assessment of the situation is spot on. He gave him a short test in class to make sure that it's not a question of whether or not can comprehend the work. He scored the second highest grade in the class, so that is not the problem. He seems to have formed a plan to help difficult child. The teacher was going to find what class he was in when he got off the phone with me and go and talk to him and explain how he wants to help him. It will require extra work on difficult child's part and I have assured him that I will help difficult child in any way that I can here at home. Hopefully, difficult child won't balk too much about this. He's going to get a 79 for the quarter and he's much more capable than that. I know it. The teacher knows it. Even difficult child knows it. I think the fact that difficult child came to me and asked for help works in our favor. I'll let you know how it goes.