So here I sit. It is the last day before school and work and normal life begins again. I really don’t know how I feel about using the word “normal” since things have been such an emotional roller coaster for so long. Here’s what I do know, we had a great vacation where we experienced … Continue reading
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So now, the plan is out. I have shared the news with my first graders, my students’ parents, and my colleagues that I am reducing my hours in order to focus on my own son’s needs. It feels as though a giant sloth has been pulled from my broken, tired back! The journey to this … Continue reading
Valentine’s Day and The Plan
As you know, yesterday was Valentine’s Day. When I opened the classroom door, I was met with boys and girls bouncing up and down in excitement. They were wearing smiles and holding heart-shaped boxes of chocolates or bags filled with signed cards for their friends. There was a whole lot of love and friendship overflowing … Continue reading
Looking back, there have been just two times where I have lost my mind. The first time was when we just put our house on the market and the adjoining neighbor decided to empty the contents of her storage unit onto her front lawn. As I drove into our small cul-de-sac & witnessed a growing … Continue reading
You Aren’t a DICKtator!
Sometimes the pen is mightier than the sword. At least, I am telling myself this as I sit here fuming about an email that came from my son’s school principal. Let me back up… Over a week ago, we sent an email to the key players at my son school; this included the Director of … Continue reading
Change is Gonna Come!
Many of you know about the struggles that we are having with my son’s school. Let me be clear, the staff at his school are not bad people. “Bad people” don’t dedicate their lives to helping kids. They are probably really good with the majority of kids, the typical kids. I imagine, that they are … Continue reading
Mixed Up Chameleon
I have a favorite Eric Carle book called The Mixed Up Chameleon. After today, I understand him a little better. Today was a day of mixed emotions. I think that’s probably how most people roll, but it is hard for a person who craves predictability. I started the day a bit slower due to a … Continue reading
Worry…Another Piece of the Puzzle
We had another morning filled with worry and anxiety about school. He didn’t want to go, but we talked about it and I thought it was going to be a smoother morning. He seemed to understand that it was important for him to go and to keep going, as we continue to work to make … Continue reading
On Thursday, I was hit by lightning! Not really, but it felt like that! I was in the right place, at the right time, with the right person. Currently, my school has a substitute psychologist who is only working with us temporarily. Although I don’t know her well, it is clear that she is intelligent, experienced … Continue reading
It’s Here-I Dread it!
I knew this day would come and now I dread it! It is the return to school after the extended winter vacation. Throughout vacation, I tried to think of ways to tackle that first Monday morning get up. We returned to the regular bedtime. We started reading more and playing less. We talked about school. He … Continue reading