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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Today's Team Meeting Report

I had an 8 a.m. meeting this morning with the Girl's 'team'. All of her core subject teachers, the special ed coordinator, her guidance counselor, the head of special ed and the school psychologist were in attendance. We went over her progress in math, and she's shown marked improvement, getting A's and a B+ on the last few quizzes. YAHOO! Her science teacher was really complementary about the Girl, saying she has had no issues with her at all, that she was a serious student, and was doing A work in class. Her projects were done well, and she was doing well on her tests and classwork as well. Her social studies teacher said the same things, that she was a diligent student and was doing all that was required of her with a lot of effort. Then we got to her English teacher. The Girl is a published author and she's a good, if not accomplished writer. This year most of the English work is focussed on writing. She has just completed a short story, and she's also written short essays and several book reports. Her teacher is known as a hard-ass grader and the Girl thinks that he hates her. I think he might after this meeting. He said she was rude and disrespectful, did nothing in class, and made little effort on her homework. I don't see this as true at all. He did say that she was in a class with all her friends and that was definately detrimental to her concentration. So we decided to change her math and science classes, moving her to much more academic classes with a better mix of students. She's going to be SOOOO pissed off at me. She hates change. But this is change for the better.

The two things all her teachers agreed upon was that her social life was getting in the way of her academics (what a shock!) and that she was a lot more capable and a lot smarter than she knows. I completely agree. She's grown tremendously as a student. They all said that her organization was excellent, that her binder was always well organized and that she was prepared for class. These were items that were a huge problem in 6th grade, starting resolving themselves in 7th grade, and have been completely resolved by 8th grade.

I'm extremely proud of the Girl. She's grown tremendously as a student and she's in full academic classes now, which is a big change for her. She's keeping up and even excelling in school. This is so great to hear. It's been a lot of work for her to get to this place, but I think she's getting ready for a good high school experience if she can learn to shut her mouth and stop disrespecting teachers.

Go Girl!
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Anonymous Carrie said...

That's great that you got such good news today! Congratuations to the Girl!

3/11/05 12:06 PM  
Blogger nita said...

you know......first of all, this is all so great to hear. i love it when kids are having a good time being kids. that said, her english teacher needs to get the stick out of his ass. seriously. it's junior high. if he wants to TEACH jr. high, he'd better figure out how to deal with the kids at that age. if he was any gooooood, he'd be able to take control of the class.

so, yay The Girl. boo The Tightass Teacher. :)

3/11/05 12:06 PM  
Blogger Happy Mama to Three said...

Go GIRL!!! GO GIRL!!!! and there is always one TIGHTASS, pain in the ass, doesn't listen, doesn't like any child who is remotely a challenge teacher. That's teacher's loss cause I know the girl is quite a kid, even with her difficulties.


3/11/05 8:47 PM  
Blogger margalit said...

As predicted, the GIrl came home yelling at me about changing classes but I explained why and she's accepted that it's because the teachers believe that she's more than capable of doing excellent work when she's not in a classroom with all of her friends. Her social life is more important to her than her academic life, but when she's in classes with more serious students she does rise to the occasion. I'm really proud of her. I told her I was and she was all "Why?" but I knew that she was secretly proud of herself.

3/11/05 11:17 PM  
Blogger jennypenny said...

You should be proud of her. She sounds like a great kid. An cmon what girls social life doesn't rule thier world at that age. I remember that time (not so long ago) where my friends were my world! And hey, I turned out ok with a university degree and all. As long as she is a smart girl with good values and parents that are there for her (which sounds to be true) she will be just fine and hopefully have a little clean fun along the way.

4/11/05 12:51 AM  
Blogger Belinda said...

The Girl is ON HER WAY. It must be bittersweet...can't they stay three forever?

4/11/05 5:34 PM  

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