So, I am still irate (hours and hours later) with my child's 5th grade teacher. Every year, they have Young Author's projects, where the kids write and draw their own books. They have blank books and the kids spend a large amount of time and energy producing these projects. The results are awesome, and we have loved the kids' stories. Katie came home a month or two ago working on her rough draft. She informed me, though, that she was told that she had to do an ABC book. The class was not given any other option. ABC book. That's it. Katie was disappointed, as she had already been coming up with story ideas throughout the year and jotting them down (no big deal, as we are planning on getting her some blank books to create in). So, she turned her rough draft in a long time ago. Yesterday, she came up with the idea of changing her "G" page from "Games" to an homage to our dog "Gromit". I told her I thought that was a lovely idea, and encouraged her. She came home today, with a long face telling me that her teacher said no, the other page had already been approved. She looked heart broken. I told her that she could write whatever she wanted to, and I would talk to her teacher. I wrote her teacher an email, asking WTF? Turns out, Katie has been taking a long time typing the damn thing, and she was worried that she wouldn't get finished. Last Friday, we had Katie's IEP meeting. A large focus during this meeting was her social emotional issues, and the fact that she does not appear to show compassion or understanding of peers' feelings. An example that was used, was that her special ed teacher told her that she had lost her dog as well the previous fall. They didn't feel that Katie could understand that the teacher had the same feelings as she did. So, rather than teach by example, they are withholding compassion because of a clerical issue. Ultimately, I prevailed. We will help Katie get her words typed at home (something they could have asked for at any time when they saw she was falling behind), and she can write her page for her dead dog. Seriously, I cannot believe that this is not common sense!
RR: None. Rest day today. I was tired. I am going to have a rest day tomorrow, too, and hit it again on Saturday!