About 3 weeks ago, we got Angel’s progress report from school. I’m always a little nervous opening her report, because I’m never sure what to expect for the first one. It was a little easier since her teacher had been in close communication about any issues right away and was quick to let me know if Angel had any problems.
I was so pleased to read her report this time! Angel got mostly “good” in the character stuff. She got one satisfactory. Last year, she got about half and half. Poor kid was disappointed she didn’t get any As in this section. I had to work very hard to let her know that this grade was a G because it was Good, not because she scored lower. It was quite a task!
In the academics, Angel scored Progressing Well in everything. That’s right, everything!! All the comments indicate that she is working well with her IEP accommodations. This is such a big difference from last year. Even with the accommodations for the second half of the year, she didn’t score well.
When we had the Parent-Teacher interview (which Angel tried to convince me was for parents and teachers only). we had a great discussion with 2 of her teachers. Angel’s homeroom teacher provided lots of great feedback about her activities in class. The second teacher is Angel’s gym, dance, and character ed teacher. She had some concerns about Angel’s behavior in gym. Angel was spending a lot of time crying and not participating. If the teacher told her she was in net next in soccer, when Angel went in net, one of the kids would say that she wasn’t, so she’d cry. Her teacher reminded Angel that she can tell the kids that the teacher is the boss, not them.
With kids like Angel, there is a fine line between being assertive and being aggressive. In the past, she would hit or scream when she was mad, so tears was a bit of an improvement, but still not ideal. We talked with her about how she can resolve problems in class and I reminded Angel that we have been working on communicating at home. We mentioned her feelings charts that we’ve been using. These are pictures of faces with different expressions and the word for the feeling listed with it. We’ve been using them to help Angel to find the word she wants to use.
When she’s upset, it’s hard for Angel to find the words to use. If she looks at her face charts, she can put the name to the feeling and start a discussion there. I was going to copy her charts and send them to school, but I haven’t gotten to it yet.
I talked with Angel’s gym teacher after school today for a minute just to check in and see how it is going. She said Angel hasn’t been crying in gym! She said there were a couple of times when she could see that Angel wanted to cry, but she took a moment to compose herself and carried on. Yay! So proud of the ground she’s been gaining.
We are going to keep on working on communication at home and giving her confidence so that she can continue to grow at school too.