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    #249707 - 04/28/22 10:09 AM Re: Looking for advice on how to proceed... [Re: sj4iy]
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    sj4iy - I sent you a PM.

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    #249806 - 06/09/22 04:52 PM Re: Looking for advice on how to proceed... [Re: sj4iy]
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    New update!

    1. My son has finally undergone testing by a private psychologist to see what is going on with his writing. She's writing up the report, so we don't know the results yet, but we're hopeful we'll get some useful information out of it.

    2. Private tutoring is going well. He's been there for several months and he's enjoying it a lot. We are considering adding on an extra day per week during the summer because he enjoys it so much.

    3. He wanted to learn about chess, so we signed him up for the online chess club at CTY. There were no in-person chess clubs I could find for our area. We have no wish to overload him, so that's all we are signing him up for.

    4. He did not get the best grades towards the end of the year because I stopped making him do pointless homework. It was leading towards frustration all around, and I saw no need to push him on it. I told his teacher as much, as well.

    Thanks for all of the advice. I'll come back when we know the results.

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    #249807 - 06/09/22 06:25 PM Re: Looking for advice on how to proceed... [Re: sj4iy]
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    Thanks for the update... what wonderful news on many fronts... very positive and encouraging!
    Your child is fortunate to have your support and advocacy.
    smile

    Originally Posted By: sj4iy
    ... stopped making him do pointless homework. It was leading towards frustration all around, and I saw no need to push him on it. I told his teacher as much, as well.
    Coincidentally, this dovetails with an idea or two in some grading reform material which has recently been brought to my attention.

    In a nutshell, a defensible grading process clearly defines:
    - The purpose of grading,
    - Proficiency.

    It then follows that grading the completion of "pointless" homework may be seen as punitive:
    ... - a form of discipling/punishing a student for not completing arbitrary and voluminous assignments,
    ... - a form of judging how a student spends time outside of school
    ... rather than functioning how grades "should" function:
    ... - a form of measuring/communicating a student's uptake and demonstrated understanding of the material.


    Links -
    1) https://www.amazon.com/Point-Less-English-Teachers-Meaningful-Grading/dp/0325109516 (2020)
    2) https://www.amazon.com/Grading-Equity-Matters-Transform-Classrooms/dp/1506391575 (2018)
    3) https://www.amazon.com/Get-Set-Successful-Reporting-classrooms/dp/1949539458/ (2020)

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    #249846 - 07/06/22 11:24 AM Re: Looking for advice on how to proceed... [Re: sj4iy]
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    We got the results of the testing.

    She diagnosed him with Dysgraphia and Processing Speed Disorder (because his ability to follow spoken instructions is a problem in school). She will also recommend he be placed in the gifted program and ask the school to limit school work and homework that involves rote memorization or repetitive work.

    He tested at a 7 1/2th grade level for math.
    He tested at the 9th grade level for reading comprehension.

    She said that she will help us try to get him a GIEP.

    His scores dipped a little bit on the WISC V (she said he was being a little careless on some of the tests). But it's still high enough we can make a case for enrichment. He got 18s on both block design and figure weights.

    As soon as I get the report, I will take it to the school so we can get a meeting together. Hopefully this gets us meaningful changes to his 504.

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    #249847 - 07/06/22 05:22 PM Re: Looking for advice on how to proceed... [Re: sj4iy]
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    So nice to hear this! Sounds like you have a supportive evaluator who has a good understanding of him.
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