Thursday, November 08, 2007

We Interrupt This Regularly Scheduled Installment of Drama...

For more drama, can you believe it? I have to vent, really, because my head is about to blow up.

I got a letter from Chloe's school that said in a nutshell that she's having trouble in school and that I need to sign a form saying that they can evaluate her and have a General Intervention Team meet with her teacher. I just had a parent/teacher conference and her teacher said that there were some issues but didn't seem to be overly concerned about anything so this hit me completely out of the blue. All I can picture is a bunch of people in hazmat suits carrying my daughter off to "study" her. I know I'm being dramatic but still. Her teacher could have called or even e-mailed me first to let me know. So I immediately called the school counselor and got the schools voice mail. I left a message in my very best I'm-a-really-pissed-off-Mom-and-it's-in-your-best-interest-to-call-me-back-quickly voice. And she did. I explained (calmly) that this letter was completely out of the blue- especially considering that p/t conferences were less than a month ago. So I found out that the issue is that Chloe doesn't hold her pencil correctly. Seriously. No, really.

The guidance counselor was very apologetic. And said that the teachers were supposed to let the parents know *before* they talk to the guidance counselor. So I asked her to evaluate Chloe and she said that she would tomorrow. In the meantime I talked to Chloe. I asked her about her pencil and she said that she doesn't like to hold her pencil correctly because it hurts her hands. Which is probably what she told her teacher and is why her teacher wants to send her to the hazmat suit people. But I asked Chloe *where* it hurt her fingers and she showed me. And it's the exact same place that a pencil hurts my fingers if I write that way for too long- I actually developed a callous there in college. So it seems to me that if her teacher had asked a few questions she would have found out that it's a matter of preference and not a matter of underdeveloped motor skills- OR SHE COULD HAVE CALLED ME! Why the drama in first grade? I wrote "incorrectly" for my entire K-12 school experience and nobody ever "studied" me. Funny, I don't feel that much better for having vented.

3 comments:

Mary said...

I'm sorry that happened. What a bummer. Communication is highly underrated by some people.

Did you ever use those triangular rubber pencil grips. I always had a callous on my middle finger from holding a pencil and from cutting with child scissors and those grips were a relief to my hand. As I remember my teacher gave them out to help those students who wanted them and didn't seem to feel the need to send us in for testing. What is up with that?

Amy said...

Chloe said that her teacher has put one on her pencil but she hates it and always wants her to take it off. So I told her that her teacher thinks her hands aren't working properly because she (chloe) tells her (teacher) that it hurts. And I asked her if her hands weren't working properly or if she was being stubborn. She said she was being stubborn (which I knew). I wonder what the conversation with her guidance counselor will be like tomorrow.

Tracy Mock said...

Really this isnt funny but I am laughing hysterically! Chloe is so much like you Amy!