This post from the blog Jodifur will speak to any parent who has ever loved a child with challenges, or taught one or wondered about one. †And it’s not even sad. †That’s why we sought permission to post it here, although its author prefers to remain private.
One of the many problems with Michaelís teacher last year was the fact that Michael was woefully behind in reading. And she never noticed. In fact, around spring break last year I emailed her to tell her how concerned I was about Michaelís reading and her email back to me was basically, ďI hadnít noticed.Ē
You really donít want to know about the yelling that ensued. And the meetings. And phone calls with the principal. And fighting for time with the reading specialist.
This year Michaelís first grade teacher called a meeting with me very early in the school year to express her concerns regarding Michael and reading. Was I aware how behind he was? (AHEM.) This was after we spent a summer with a private reading tutor. But the one thing she said to me, that I never let go, was ďwe will get him there. There is not doubt in my mind, we will get him there.Ē
Yesterday, while I was volunteering in the classroom, Michael took his year end reading test. He made benchmark.
For those of you who never had a kid who struggles, who never held your breath when a report card came, who never went to a conference and heard about how hard things were for your kid, might not know exactly what that means. Michael not only made benchmark, he FLEW through benchmark. She is going to keep testing him to see exactly where he ends up. But I donít really care. Because Michael, Doug, our tutor, and this amazing teacher, we all did this. We all made this happen.
This kid, who years ago, I was told,†would never read, is no longer below grade level. Truth be told, he hasnít been for a really, really long time. And the only thing he wanted, was a trip to his favorite ice cream store. Iím pretty sure I can make that happen.
Iím so stinkiní proud of him. And there is nothing in the world I can do to thank his teacher enough.
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