Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Introducing them - Part Two

I started feeling the anxiety as we were waiting in the office, we were early of course. I closed my eyes and prayed:

Please calm my spirit. Take my worry from me. Let me say the words that I need to say and let me not say the words that I don't' need to say. Let us remember that it's all about You Lord. Let this glorify Your name.

"Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act." Psalm 37:7

Well I've typed this out once and lost it. So here it goes again.

In a word, we were "IMPRESSED". We met with the learning support specialist, the guidance counselor and the four subject teachers.

The Social Studies teacher carried the meeting. She is also Amanda's homeroom teacher. She said she is going beyond what is stated on the 504 plan. It takes many prompts to get Amanda moving. This is first period. Amanda is distracted by everything: her pencil, the sound of the heater, the bird that flew in to the window. Is another bird going to fly in to the window? Is that bird ok? Can I check on the bird? . She works with Amanda during her lunch period. Amanda works on unfinished class work and is given partial credit. Amanda's grade has gone from a D to a C in just a few weeks. This is Amanda's favorite teacher.

The Learning Support Specialist spoke next. She co-teachers with the math teacher. She also has Amanda on Monday afternoons for homework club. She has helped Amanda organize her binders and gave us great information and tips about getting organized.

The Science teacher said that her grade of an F is now a D. Mostly, she has not been doing homework or classwork and the grade has come down. But she is raising her hand and worked very well with a partner. And, he said it was not all one sided. Amanda held her own with the partner.

The Math teacher said Amanda was raising her hand to participate and doing well. Her F is now a D.

The English teacher said Amanda does the announcements and can't believe how talented she is as a speaker for only being in 6th grade.

We sat there listening, asking questions and were pleasantly surprised. Not surprised that our daughter has made a good impression on the teachers. But I think we were surprised that this is the first time that they were against medication. They are doing everything needed to make sure that Amanda can get the job done. They don't know the long term effects of medication so if not needed then why have her on it.

Anyway, I have to get moving. Now that I have typed this twice, I will be late if I don't go now.

May you see the Son shine on this dreary day. He is just behind that cloud. You don't have to look for Him, because He is not hiding. He just wants you to acknowledge Him. Take the time from your To-Do list and thank Him for all He has done for you. I have!

"Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act." Psalm 37:7


  1. Soounds like a productive meeting. Often they are willing to work with you toward the goal when they see the light and have to look you in the eye. Amanda will suceed in so many things in life...academics are not always the strong point...I should know.

  2. Sounds like some really amazing teachers!

    Would a place like Sylvan help, or is the problem outside of their realm?

    Have you thought about contacting a support group (online or in person) for parents with ADHD kids? They might have some more tips for organizing or other things to try. There are even professional organizers who specialize in helping adults (or kids too I guess!) with ADHD get organized.

  3. Praying all continues to go well...Amanda has a great mom!!!!