Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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grrr's picture grrr

It sounds like the school's philosophy will provide L with the opportunity to build on his own interests and approach to learning. My best wishes that it works out for him and your whole family.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thank you so much...I hope, hope, hope it does too--I feel optimistic that it will.


mouse's picture mouse

My comment to A., since part of the plot was about how quickly they'd have to make the decision, was one more year at the private school and reassess the next year with more time to decide. It was so obvious to the two of us. Of course, we're also the parents who have gone to IEPs and said, "If our only concern was academics, we'd homeschool; but we want him to have the social interaction and such."

I think that students tend to do better in general if there is something, even just one class, about which they can be passionate. And given this school's philosophy, they may be able to see to using L.'s interests as a way into the core work that can be difficult.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I agree, Mouse. L. is a kid who just will not, absolutely, positively, do something if he has zero interest in it, or if he doesn't see what's in it for him. He also has almost no grasp of long-range goals, either, so the idea of working through a class just to build a foundation for future work means nothing to him. I'm hoping that if he can latch onto one or two really interesting electives he'll jump start his motivation.


Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

Just catching up here. What a great post. I just watched that Parenthood on my DVR this week while catching up there. Such a great show, I love how it shows the parents as vulnerable and imperfect.

I'm so excited for L having the opportunity to go to that school next year. I think that if the school is exciting for him and something that he looks forward to, then 5:30 will be doable. I did it for five years while teaching. Yes, it was very early, but that just means getting to bed at a good time and sleeping really well because it's been a long day! I hope you'll write about his exeriences here, I am eager to read about how it goes!


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks, Omaha! I'm excited, too--and I think he is as well, which is really the most important thing. Fingers and toes crossed!