Who is someone who fascinates you, and why?
I may have to skip today otherwise I may write a book on fascinating people.
I am sure others have written about their significant other, mom, dad, grandmother, etc. Today though, I think I am going to go with my daughters second grade teacher Ms. Hicks.
For the sake of this, I wont mention schools; you already know where I live; but I don’t encourage stalking- so with that in mind.
Why am I choosing to write about a teacher, as opposed to the random person at Wal-Mart, the cashier at the gas station, random strangers?
I may, it almost sounds fun, Letter to a Stranger, coming up next!
Now, keep in mind, I became familiarized with this teacher last year when my son had her, however, what you must know to fully understand is that, this year is the first time I have REALLY been involved with my kids education; not because I didn’t want to be, but because my schooling and working, didn’t allow me to do so.
Ms. Hick’s is probably everything that I would have loved in a teacher when I was growing up; the kids lover her, she makes an impact and she is personable towards the parents. As in, she helps us understand the insanity of how they have changed the core cirriculum.
My son is ADHD, his first grade teacher (at another school) basically insisted that to get through the day, he needed medicated. Didn’t want to do it, but we did. Especially when his Doctor also insisted.
Upon changing schools the next year, we made our decision that the medication changed himself so much that it was crap, and he didn’t need it. So he’s learning coping methods to help himself.
Upon talking with his teacher at the new school, she said, that he wasn’t severe enough to even need the medications, and she SUPPORTED, our choice as parents.
Not that it mattered, but still!
Flash forward to this year; I am more active as a parent, getting frustrated with educational cut backs, connecting with all the teachers, and plotting how to raise more money for this school. PTO here I come next year!
Skylar loves her teacher, for the first time in her school career. The past two years I have fought tooth and nail to figure out what her deal was with school; either her brother psyched her up or she is truly enjoying this class, and I have a feeling it is some of both.
Not only is Ms. Hicks taking the time and patience to work with Skylar, or even communicate with me on her needs but she is also still taking my son who is now a third grader under her wings to help him get through, and that too is helping immensely.
Keep in mind, this last winter they had a lot of indoor recess, which my son told me that they sit around and play games; which means he wasn’t burning off his energy, causing him to be wrestless and crazy in class.
I hadn’t mentioned to his teacher that he is ADHD and needs that time to burn it off, and with that, he ensured me that he would have Daegan doing more and more things just to help with that.
The next day Daegan informed me that he does “Check In/Check Out” with Ms. Hicks; he starts his day going to the classroom and telling her how his day will go and what he will work on, etc, and at the end of the day he reports to tell her how his day ended up going.
With his teacher and her teacher working together he is excelling with his behavior in class; although the weather is getting nicer and they are outside a lot more and I am sure that helps, but everything and everyone working together as a team and communicating needs; it has made this year more successful for both my son and my daughter.
I have spoken highly of a couple teachers in this post, however; the reason that Ms. Hicks fascinates me the most is because of her patience, compassion, and kindness that she has shown this year.
She gets it.
That in itself is fascinating.
Who do you have in your life that is fascinating?