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May 07 2011

1 month to go…

School lets out in exactly 1 month from today (or tomorrow…I’m not really sure). I have 1 month left to continue doing right by my kids. I “lost” one student because of a family trip to Mexico (he withdrew but I sent work with him so he won’t be too far behind when he returns). I received a new student last week…a very smart, sweet little girl (I still can’t wrap my mind around the concept of changing your child’s school with 5 weeks left in the year, but I guess it can’t be helped and I am no one to judge). My summative review with my principal was amusing, for lack of a better word. She pretty much wasted a 1/2 hour of my time to tell me that I need to ask for help before I need it (um…I’ve done that many times…I never get the help…whatever). She asked what I had in mind for next year. I answered that I planned to stay in the 2nd grade. I didn’t say I’d like to stay, I didn’t say I hoped to stay. I have taken a more assertive stance with her, and it seems to have worked, although that remains to be seen in the long run. I decided a long time ago that I would not let her make me ill, that I would not let her stand in the way of what’s best for my class…I’ve had to be subversive, but my kids are kicking butt and taking names and that’s all that matters. My little second grader beat out the rest of the school (yes, even the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders) for the honor of representing our school in the district bilingual spelling bee. I am getting results and the data shows it. That’s all I care about: that my kids are learning and that they’ll be ready for 3rd grade and beyond. Other than that, well…

3 Responses

  1. Cam

    That’s awesome Ms. G! Tell your student congrats!!!!

  2. Wess

    You rock! I might take a page from your book about taking an assertive stance and “planning” to stay in the grade you’re in.

    • G

      It works 99.9% of the time, although with my principal, you never know! I have absolutely no interest in going to a TAKS grade…none at all!!

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