Friday, September 16, 2011

First Impression

I met the 8th grade teachers last night. First I had to cross the picket line but that didn't bother me. I think the teachers were more uncomfortable than the parents. The police were positioned at the front door of the middle school.

Really? If I am going to put on my ugly face, it's not going to be in front of hundreds of people!

I was impressed with each teacher's presentation. I don't know if they just sounded good but my first impression was that these are sincere teachers.

They have been teaching for many years.

The science teacher has an autistic son.

The Social Studies teacher has 24 years of teaching middle school. He is Amanda's favorite. I have to say he is mine too. He sends and email each day outlining what they did in class, what they need to review and what is coming up in the next few days. I shared that with a friend and her response was "Oh well, he isn't married." LOL. Well, he IS married AND the father of FIVE. He is fifty years old and the youngest is seven. Wow, where does he find the time to do all the extras that are not in his contract.

Am I for the teachers? Yes. Am I for the parents? Yes. Am I for the students? Yes. Really, why can't all of those answers be yes. I just want the contract issues resolved peacefully.

I have to tell you that I was having anxiety last night. If it wasn't for Amanda walking me to my classes, I am not sure I would have made it. (She is one of the "ambassadors"). Actually, she wrote the wrong room down for the very last class and that is the one that she was not there to escort me. I was a little turned around. LOL. I was having flash backs of "those" days. It was like a bad dream. I couldn't remember my locker combination! My class roster was all mixed up! HELP!!! Do you ever have those dreams.

I meet with the team on Wednesday to discuss Amanda's 504 Plan.

So, I would like to ask that you start praying for me and the teachers. I prayed this morning that God will give me the right words, that I will be firm enough but not come off as abrasive. I prayed that they will hear my words with soft hearts.

Amanda is not in need of special education. She can do the work. She is in need of accommodations and modifications to help her get organized...EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING SKILLS. Please pray that they can process that, understand her needs and work with us this year! Thank you.


  1. Can I just copy your blog for today? I had much of the same feelings about the teachers and how last night went. It did help that Tom and I both went to school there, so we weren't lost in the halls at all. :)