So how is your student's eyesight? Is it 20-20? Are you sure? Do you really know?
During my time in the classroom I was continually amazed at the number of students who could not see very well - especially from a distance.
I have worn trifocals for the past 15 or more years. My eyes are four to five times the age of the kids' eyes. If I can see the whiteboard or projection screen from anyplace in a classroom, then students should too.
So why can't they? The reality of the situation is many students, especially middle-schoolers, just do not want to wear glasses. Glasses are not cool (or whatever today's term). And apparently while contacts are okay, they are a hassle for many students.
So the result is that they suffer, and you don't know it. They do not tell you that they are having a sight problem. Or if they do have glasses or contacts, they constantly "forget" them. The result is they frequently miss much of their class lessons and their grades suffer.
You should have your student's eyes checked once a year. If they need corrective lenses, then make sure they use them. But please do not allow them to go through school missing half of their lessons.
It's not all that hard to figure out whether or not your child is wearing their glasses or contacts during school. Just pay attention to them outside of school. Glasses are a habit. If they don't have the habit away from school, it's a good bet they don't have the habit in school either.
If you have any reason to believe that your student is not wearing their glasses or contacts during school, then be a meddling parent. Send an e-mail to the teachers. Ask them. Bring them into the conversation.
Don't let your child's eyesight get in the way of their education.
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I have had a rewarding and complete classroom career teaching and coaching mathematics.
Variable Thinking is my way of sharing some of my ideas, tips, and savvy about education and student success with you.
I hope find the comments and articles interesting and useful to both you and your student.