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    #126014 - 03/22/12 01:53 PM Re: Prep for parent/teacher conference? [Re: polarbear]
    deacongirl Offline

    Registered: 07/03/10
    Posts: 948
    You need to get the book From Emotions to Advocacy. And depending on if you can pull it off and the audience, according to Pete Wright the Matlock approach can be useful!

    Good luck!

    #126142 - 03/24/12 11:11 AM Re: Prep for parent/teacher conference? [Re: Michelle6]
    Michelle6 Offline

    Registered: 03/16/12
    Posts: 76
    Okay, I think I have developed a passable strategy. I'm going to try really hard not to cry, because that just strikes me as manipulative. (This is not a statement about any of you who have done so - but coming from me it would be fake and obvious). The plan is to lay out all the facts, explain the emotional and cognitive toll it is taking on my son, and move from there. But I plan to be prepared for anything. I'll be taking samples of his writing and math that he does at home, as well as a copy of the curriculum for North Carolina, clearly marked to show what he knows and what he doesn't. (He already knows about 80% of what he will be learning in third grade next year - that worries me as well). I would also like to take copies of some research showing the benefits of challenging a kid. I tried to find the "What kids don't learn" article - one of the links sent me to the Gatton academy site, but I didn't see the article. The other links didn't work at all. If anyone could help me find that article, I'd appreciate it. I realized today that I still have an account that allows me to do research at the library where I attended college, so I will be looking up reliable articles to add to the mix. If anyone has other suggestions for supporting research, I'll be glad to hear them. I don't know if I will be able to use any of these or not - but I want to be prepared for anything. If I don't get a response, I'll call a meeting with the whole school if I have to.
    I may be a bit overzealous today. Watching how my son eats up any new knowledge has me all motivated - it's heartbreaking that he has such potential and doesn't get to use it. Hopefully I will get somewhere this time.

    #126145 - 03/24/12 11:45 AM Re: Prep for parent/teacher conference? [Re: Michelle6]
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    #126152 - 03/24/12 01:07 PM Re: Prep for parent/teacher conference? [Re: Michelle6]
    Michelle6 Offline

    Registered: 03/16/12
    Posts: 76
    Thank you, aculady!

    #126159 - 03/24/12 02:16 PM Re: Prep for parent/teacher conference? [Re: Michelle6]
    polarbear Offline

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    It sounds like you have a good plan - good luck! I hope it goes well -


    #126307 - 03/27/12 10:55 AM Re: Prep for parent/teacher conference? [Re: Michelle6]
    Michelle6 Offline

    Registered: 03/16/12
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    Yay, progress! I think. Not positive yet, but we will see how it goes. The teacher agreed to let him bring his notebook of extra, more challenging work to school (she previously vetoed that, because she thought it was a distraction to the other kids) as long as he promised to only do it when he was done with his regular work. She also agreed that he was far ahead of most of the class, and even suggested that he may do well to skip a grade - but not right now. It's the end of the year and everyone is preparing for EOG's - the last thing we want is for him to be tested over material he may or may not have learned yet, and have that held against him when we go to do his IEP at the end of the year. The teacher also told me that they are pushing really hard to start levelling of classes in third grade next year, and if they do she will strongly recommend he be put in the most advanced class. She even told me that if they choose not to, I should come to the school and "throw the biggest hissy fit this school system has ever seen". He has been working independently on advanced math for a while, but has had limited time to do it because he also has to do the regular math in the class. She agreed to drop that entirely and let him do the more advanced stuff exclusively. We also spoke to the librarian, who (after a bit of prompting) agreed that he will be allowed to check out ANY book he wanted, regardless of grade level. (The school's official policy is that they only get books within a certain range of their grade level, and I've been fighting that rule for two years now).
    The only problem with all of this is that I will apparently have to start the fight all over again next year, because they basically stuff the test scores and such in a folder and never look at them again, much less communicate between teachers and grade levels. But this is a good start. Assuming, of course, everything happens that I was told would happen.

    #126329 - 03/27/12 12:57 PM Re: Prep for parent/teacher conference? [Re: Michelle6]
    mecreature Offline

    Registered: 03/14/11
    Posts: 358
    Good job.

    #126333 - 03/27/12 01:17 PM Re: Prep for parent/teacher conference? [Re: Michelle6]
    bzylzy Offline

    Registered: 01/29/12
    Posts: 416
    That's inspiring. I do believe I'll try the idea of independent work for math and science (after the frenzy of the assessments are done). Good job!

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