We had parent teacher interviews on Thursday evening. It was great. Confronting in ways for me about one of my darlings. You see, we moved schools at the start of last year. To our blessed school, the one that is inclusive for our family.
I realised on Thursday that we have a gap.
During my placement last year at the little village school it was report writing time. I remember my supervising teacher discussing with me the eloquence that goes into report writing. Eloquence may be one word, but I am currently thinking it is sugar coating things. When I questioned these strategies with my supervising teacher - she enlightened me that written reports need to not state anything that a teacher could be 'sued' for in the future. Perhaps not sugar coating may seem defaming.
I am wondering if my child's teachers have sugar coated his reports in the past. If the teachers expectation of my child has been somewhat less because of an Asperger diagnosis. I wonder if during parent teacher interviews in previous years because I have not asked, it has not been said.
If a parent does not ask, does a teacher inform them of their children's challenges? Will I do this as a teacher? I would hope I do, but are parents ready to hear the truth? Is part of assessment and reporting in teaching to state where a child's academic, emotional and social abilities really lie. Is this really attended to or do we just encourage only with their greater overall well-being in mind; thinking that stating there academic achievements below average would discourage the child too much?
I asked the question, is my Master S on par with the rest of the class (in relation to his written work)? For the first time I received a non-sugar coated response. The truth. Thank you to his teacher. We are now working together in his style. I have purchased a little notebook and his favorite pen. After playing a computer game this morning - I asked Master S to write a whole page about his game. His interest was spiked - he wrote a whole page. Then he edited it. Amazing.
I am just glad to have been told the truth - he is having challenges - and he is not comparable to his peers. This may be blatantly obvious to some, however sometimes we parents trust teachers to know.
I googled Asperger's and literacy and came across a wonderful paper that explains exactly what our challenges are. This has got the ball rolling. Exciting times.
Last night I trolled through various web sites looking for ipad applications suitable for a Year 5 student. I hope to give you a list of them soon!
Much Love Rach xx