I looked up difficult child's grades last week and was stunned to see that he had an F in tech ed, a D in Spanish, six missing assignments in math, and a bunch of other unfinished assignments. I lost a whole mo of my life with-sciatica and a pulled hamstring and boy, you sure can't be sick and have a difficult child! They get away with-so much! I was only able to access some of his work online over the mo of Dec., and I really should have called a friend, given them the passwords, and had them print it out and bring it over to the house. Live and learn. The good news is that the teachers seem cooperative and are coming up with-plans and ideas. (A day late and a dollar short, but wth.) I volunteered in difficult child's soc studies class today (all three classes). They are studying WWII and making propaganda and volunteer posters so I was offering art advice. I ran into difficult child's math teacher and she chatted for a long time and said that she couldn't figure out what I was talking about when she first met difficult child--he was a charmer, so polite, a breath of fresh air, loveable in class ... and then everything began to unravel. I laughed and said, "I know, people meet him and nobody believes me!" She said she believed me, but she now understood how it all worked. She said you have to stay on him every minute or he'll unravel and get away with everything. Uh, yeah ... So, here's her email from last night: difficult child just left. He did tonights homework beautifully and finished half of last nights homework which he hadnt done. When he has no distractions, and its just us, he works so well. If there are other students, he likes to talk which I why I moved his seat today. I put him at a table at the front of my class with another young man. I told both of them if they talked I would move the other young man. difficult child is very close to me now as a result and maybe this will help. When difficult child is on task like this afternoon after school, he reminds me of the difficult child we saw when he first arrived. I dont know why he tries so hard to get out of doing his work because when he completes it, it is beautiful!! Literally! His handwriting is very neat and organized on the page. Hopefully, he will finish the rest of last nights homework tonight. Maybe he can be encouraged to do his homework every night and if he does it on time, he wont have to make up the other work. I dont know how you feel about that but I want him to stay on top of the work we are doing now. Its important for the next quiz and subsequent test. Whatever you want to do as far as helping him is fine with me. Just let us know and we will try to help as much as possible. He can stay after also. That really seems to work for difficult child. He works diligently when he stays and I think its good for him to see himself in this light.