Posted 12-17-2004 at 05:03:00
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Well, Ian and I had our meeting with the principal. She is not going to change Shelby to another class. I told her we wouldn't make any rash decisions, and we would speak with Shelby first. The teacher has learned from this experience. She has been better. She tries to remember that other children may be sensitive to others getting in trouble. She has been more understanding about mistakes, after all they are only human. Things have been some better. We did agree about that. The principal says Shelby is a lot like her own daughter was. She said sometimes you don't fit in as well when you ar the smart child, and the best behaved child. It makes it socially tough on her. Which has been part of this.
The principal says (I think she was almost in tears) she really doesnt want to lose Shelby, that she is such an asset to the school and has such a great future in school clubs, such as the Beta Club. She said that she would like for Shelby to come and help her a few times a week, running errands around the school and getting the announcements together for the afternoon. She believes if Shelby has something special to do for her it will make Shelby feel special, because she knows Shelby is special.
Ian told her above all, we want Shelby to be happy, we don't want her dreading every day of school, because eventually that will have an impact on her grades. She loves learning, and we don't want her to lost that.
So...we discussed it with Shelby over a nice Red Lobster dinner...mmmmmmmm....
She told us she didn't realize the principal cared so much. She said she wanted to stay. I was really surprised. I told her to please don't base staying on just this, that she has to remember, she will be with her teacher most of the time, and that is what she has to face. She said it had been much better, and she had made up her mind that she wanted to stay.
So, thats where we stand. I am going to call the principal this morning and let her know how things went. I am sure she will be overjoyed.
This school is a very good school. Their test scores are so much higher than any other school anywhere. They are so much higher than the state average, so that is proof that they are a good school. This is why I worked so hard to get her in this school several years ago, because I believed it was the best. So we will see.
Posted 12-17-2004 at 10:41:54
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That's great! Are you still going to research home schooling? You can always do some at home, too to keep her stimulated.
Careful with the special projects with the principal, though. When I was in 8th grade, because I was smart and excelling in reading, I was asked to be the teacher's aide. Unfortunately, it kind of backfired with my peers. Teacher's pet accusations and all that. I was the only white girl in the class (inner city school), which made it much worse, though, and some kids cried foul which I could understand.