As soon as we walked into the classroom for our meeting with Jays teachers, their eyes lit up. That immediately made us feel good. We had barely gotten our hellos out of the way when his math teacher said, “Oh my gosh. I just have to tell you, we LOVE Jay.”
His language arts teacher chimed in. “Oh yes, he’s awesome! We love him and all the kids love him. They just flock to him.”
This, my friends, is a great way to start a meeting.
They talked about how stylish he is. (He often wants to dress up for school and will wear bow ties and button up shirts). They told us about funny things that he does and says throughout the day. The most recent being that he took a break from playing at recess to announce to the teachers that he had come up with 3 rules for what they should not do while at school.
- No drinking wine.
- No touching dead things.
- No cutting your own hair.
Everyone agreed that those were solid pieces of advise.
Of course we had to talk to about the challenges he faces – Mostly test taking. We talked about his reading comprehension level and his newly discovered appreciation of math. We talked about his ability to keep up with the pace of the class academically and about what the upcoming state tests mean for him should he not score well.
I am just so grateful that we have the people in our lives that we do. They not only want him to do well, but they are willing to do whatever it takes to help him. They believe in him! This is a blessing. They communicate openly and respond quickly to our emails or phone calls. He is happy at his school. I would argue, that him feeling comfortable and supported is more important than the grades on the report card. You cannot have learning if there is misery or contention.