Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Crossing it off

Done!

Such a terrific feeling.

I wrapped up writing a play yesterday morning and handed over the script. I got the big vegetable garden planted with Lefty's help. We've sorted out Mr. T's school situation and gone through all the right channels and red tape and paperwork, reaching a decision we all feel happy about.

On the Mr. T front, the "outsourced" extended dyslexia tests came back showing him gifted with visual/spatial/logic abilities and struggling with memory, sequencing, and processing speed with specific problems identifying letters & numbers (yes, just like dyslexia!). The school's assessment aligned with the outsourced tests and Mr. T does not qualify for special services (the gap between IQ and achievement has to be a certain size before a child is labeled "learning disabled").

We ended the meeting without giving him a label, but agreeing to advance him to 4th grade with a 504 plan listing accommodations for his weaknesses. As of fall, Mr. T will have no more timed tests, the option of oral answers or using a scribe, math that arranged in a logical manner for him to complete, and reduced spelling/copying tests and exercises. In other words, we'll use authentic assessment to test his mastery of content. He won't be the last kid done anymore. He won't have scads of homework every night. He'll be able to understand math functions (we'll review 3rd grade math all summer). (cue wild cheering, confetti falling, champagne corks popping)

He's going into Mrs. D's classroom this fall--she works well with divergent thinkers. Mr. T is glad to stay with his class, even though he never said much, I know the thought of staying behind weighed on him. I'm confident with our plan and relieved that every single person involved in the process agreed to it without reservation.

I have so much peace of mind after all this accomplishment--now I see how stressed out and anxious I was. Having this all sorted out and off my back gives me new energy and the capacity to sleep through the night. Thank God!

14 comments:

  1. And may your summer, along with Team T, be one big happy party! It is wonderful that Mr. T will be receiving the type of learning style he needs. It doesn't say much for our schools, and you know I am a school teacher, that such drastic measures had to be taken in order to achieve these. Let's hope a Dem. gets in office and schools get more $. Because, it all comes down to the almighty dollar!

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  2. Authentic assessment -- What an amazing concept. Too bad schools seem to have forgotten about it.

    I'm so glad things are falling into place for Mr. T.!

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  3. Hurray! I'm proud of you and glad that everyone worked out a plan for Mr. T.'s success. Now ... go enjoy that well-deserved sleep!

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  4. Wow,so much of that sounds like J4's assessment, although he is eligible for special services because he just barely falls into that range (although I had him retested after his horrific 4th grade year and almost got him disqualified). We were hoping to have him out of SpEd by HS, but I think we'll give it one more year.

    Here's to a great summer with that albatross off your back!

    And I have to disagree with more money for education being the answer--seriously, throwing more money at something is usually just throwing more money at something. Usually all they spend the money on is more policy wonks to come up with more ridiculous crap that makes everything worse for the students and the teachers.

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  5. I'm so happy for you. And I love, love, love the new header.

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  6. Glad that you are feeling less stressed now that you have the results about Mr. T. I agree with Ree (who somehow always seems to beat me to a comment box), your header is a great image!

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  7. When I think of all the worry expended by mothers each night, it blows me away. We are just wired for it. I'm glad you are feeling at peace and that things are going well for Mr. T.

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  8. It's all good, but what were you doing up at 4:52 AM?
    Isn't it nice to cross things off your list? Job well done, GG!

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  9. I'm glad everything has worked out for him, finally.
    I pray my soon-to-be five year old will do well this fall with his left-handedness.
    Oy! That child insists on writing his name BACKWARDS!
    Even when he's copying down a word right in front of him, it goes down on paper backwards.
    Is there some sort of support group for that type of thing??? Seriously.

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  10. I'm so glad everything worked out for you guys!

    Two thumbs up on the new header!

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  11. THAT is great news.
    Bravo to you for all your hard work.

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  12. It does feel great to have it all sorted out--and for your child to be getting what they need.

    Love your new summer look!

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