OMG!!! The best teacher award goes to...

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OMG!!! The best teacher award goes to...
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Tue, 09-09-2003 - 11:16pm
My sons 3rd grade teacher! WOW what a difference the right teacher makes!!!!!! First, he was in another class the first two weeks of school. Those first few days were he@!. It was awful! He was in time out every day, sometimes twice a day. He was taken to the psychoeducational school twice for time out in their time our room, a locked room where he sat alone. He got into a fight (with not one but TWO older boys!), refused to do work, made noises, banged on the desks & walls and the teacher complained about him a lot. UGH!

New teacher... He has only has time out in resource room twice. Refused to do work only 1 or 2 times and is not displaying any of the anxiety he did in the other class, like banging and making noises. New teacher is recomending he have more OT (Occupational Therapy)! He gets an hour OT once a week. It helps that she has a son who has SID (sensory intergration disorder), Joiner has a lot of sensory problems. I am so glad they put him in her class. She sees how smart he is, and sees how he thinks he is stupid.

I hope the OT will help him. He has had handwriting problems since Kindergarten. Actually his first suspension was because he threw a little fit because he was supposed to write letters, refused to do it and threw things. He has had several suspensions since then, so I had ot put a stop to it. No matter what the punishment is he LIKES to be sent home!! Anyway, his handwriting has not improved much since Kindergarten, and he knows it. The other kids make fun of him, and that makes him mad so he will fight, impulse control is very weak.

Just had to let you all know there IS hope!!!!

Kathy

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Wed, 09-10-2003 - 12:57am
Wow.... I thought for sure you were talking about my son... My son's first experience with suspension was for 3 days because he refused to write in the little journal.. He was suspened for 1 day last week because the kids were teasing him about not writing. When he returned from the suspension another child teased him and he was expelled from the after school care. Unfortunately because he was expelled from the after care I have no way to get him picked up from school so he's been home for a week. I've called 3 districts to see about transportation and not one will help. I have lots of research still to do.. I would be happy to join a group where we could chat, vent, brag etc...

Tracey

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Wed, 09-10-2003 - 7:25am
Woo HOooo!

After the year from he!! 2 years ago, my DS had a wonderful, energetic, caring teacher last year that actually seemed to like him. What a difference that made! He left so much more confident and happy. Too bad that the awful ones sometimes vastly overshadow the good ones!

Karen

 


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Wed, 09-10-2003 - 2:09pm
What wonderful news Kathy. I remember some of your trials and tribulations from previous years. I used to be here under 2 different names. LOL

And third grade, and has a wonderful teacher? You're twice blessed!

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Wed, 09-10-2003 - 7:13pm
Tracey, does your son have an IEP? If so ask for them to retest, and to OT test. The school has finally gotten over expelling Joiner all the time. They are seeing there is a reason for his behavior, DUH! Anyway, getting them OT help early is the key. I asked about OT when he was in 1st grade & was told that he will mature, that he was the youngest in the class & so on. NOW, his writing still looks the same, so now they are helping.

Also, you can get private OT help. What they do is exercises that strengthen the small muscles in the hands. This helps the child with writing. The school is also doing the "Handwriting Without Tears" program. They are not requiring Joiner to write cursive, and he has reduced homework, or can do it on the computer.

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Wed, 09-10-2003 - 7:16pm
What names were you under??
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Thu, 09-11-2003 - 9:59am
Shhhhh, nutsy a long time ago - and then more recently klorden.

Shhhhhhh LOLOL

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Thu, 09-11-2003 - 12:42pm
How wonderful for you all! It's amazing how just the right teacher can change things so much. Live in this moment and cherish it. You deserve it!

Traci

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Thu, 09-11-2003 - 3:53pm
HEY, I remember you! years ago I used to be kmsutt. But changed for the fun of it.
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Thu, 09-11-2003 - 4:23pm
Hey there aren't that many soup moms with sons named Joiner! I remember the other name now that I think about it. I'd forgotten that one.

I remember the fun and hilarity that used to happen here - with Kellie, BJ, and the others. I hope they're all well.

Kinda like old home week eh? LOL

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Thu, 09-11-2003 - 7:29pm
We all Email eachother now. BOY did we have a lot of fun here!!!!!!!!!! I have met all of them & they are all a RIOT!. I miss them here on the board, but I know most of their kids are grown older & are teen or pre teen. They knew how to make me laugh on my worst days!!ROFLMAOPMP!