Recipe For Chaos

Real Stories From The Chaotic Front

Parent Teacher Cage Match or No Child Left Behind Means No Teacher Left Standing

This past Monday, I had an “opportunity” to meet with my children’s teachers for their regularly scheduled Parent Teacher Conference…I think a day spent in court would have filled me with less trepidation.  I knew it was going to be bad for Ian and Caleb when I received a written reminder (signed and returned) a phone call from each teacher, a phone call from the office staff, and if I’m not mistaken…a call from the school Social Services Coordinator…all making sure that I would be there at the appointed hour..and when I say hour…I mean that each conference normally scheduled for 15 min increments was extended for me and scheduled from 1 to 3:15. We decided that an IEP meeting was best pushed up in the calendar. Their main goal…to let me know what course of action was in the best intrest of student vs. teacher…I know it’s suposed to be Student and Teacher…but…if you know my kids…the reason for the conference is because of the VS.part… My main goal…Not to let them see me cry. Hayden’s Conference went well, no suprises…Showing improvement…a good start to my walk on the “Green Mile”… I should have seen the pendulem swing… All of the warning bells could not have prepared me for the gauntlet I faced…We were all seated at a child sized kidney table (so cute btw) We being…together, in tandem, and running in and out to other conferences were, The Special Ed Teacher, the 1st grade teacher, her Student Assistant, the Principal, the Social Services Coordinator, the PE teacher….YES! the PE teacher…I know!!!! …and the Speech and Language teacher…The Music teacher…though not present did leave comments…yikes! If I’m leaving someone out I’m sorry…I think at this point I was seeing dark spots and had to put my head between my knees all the time repeating the mantra…Don’t cry…Don’t cry….(mentally anyway)  The teachers (all wonderful) tried to put me at ease, they took the time to explain the behaviors of my babies…YIKES!!! My children are…it seems….ahem….strong willed…. The end result…is not so much a surprise…Caleb is doing well in studies but needs to keep his hands to himself and stop whining (crying)…and Ian…my little Prince (Art Of War-Machiavelli that is) will be in Special Ed all day instead of just half for his LD needs until re-eval next semester. I made it through another conference…whew…the scars are few…the pain is abating….not one tear was shed…(in public) and best of all…not another conference for a few months….(fingers crossed)

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November 17, 2008 Posted by | General Mayhem | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Darwin’s Theory of Nanny-ing

The boys have been VERY…um…trying…? No…um…difficult… ? No…um….AWFUL!..Yes, that’s the word I’m looking for… lately, both at home and especially at school…I’m beginning to fear the ring of the phone..and now its not just from the bill collectors…It seems the principal and I are on a first name basis….I think he has a “red” phone set up in his office with a direct link to my living room.  Gavin just informed me that he volunteered for guard duty tonight…IE babysitting.. My immediate reaction and reply…LOCK AND LOAD GAVIN!…LOCK AND LOAD…set phasers to stun… Gavin then said…”Tell my wife I love her…I’m goin’ in!”… before he pretended to gear up for an epic zombie assault. I’ll be home by 10…with the Hazmat Team or maybe SWAT if there is a hostage situation…

Darwin’s Theory of Nanny-ing = Only The Strongest Will Survive

UPDATE 11/06/08     Number of calls home from various Teachers and Principal…..4

October 30, 2008 Posted by | General Mayhem | , , , | 2 Comments