Today, I helped my youngest daughter with her homework and realized that although she is a great decoder (able to read words), she has great difficulty with reading comprehension. I bought her a second grade reading comprehension skills book. She seems to get half of the questions correct. I went over the problems she got wrong and she has a better understanding of what the question is actually asking.
I also got on my son's butt about a math project he should have completed yesterday in school. Let me start from the beginning. I went to parent-teachers afternoon conferences yesterday. Fortunately for me, my son attends the very high school in which I teach. Unfortuantely for him, he did not get rave reviews. He is very intelligent, very creative but a bit of a slacker. He waits until the very last minute to do projects and homework assignments. So when I met with his teachers, it was the same comment over and over, "Your son has such great potential. However, he fails to submit work." Do you want to know the crazy thing? He actually does the work but doesn't hand it in to his teachers. So now I am micromanaging, which I hate to do but it's necessary for now. No electronic devices for him until next report card in December.
My middle daughter is also in trouble. She has become the social butterfly. Last year she was in ARISTA honors society. This year, she is getting barely above an 82 average. Like really! No electronics for her either. I helped her to organize not only her room but her bookbag also. We set up folders for each subject for handouts and whatnot plus put her notes in chronological order for studying. What happens? She couldn't find the folder with her work. Her teacher is looking at me and I am looking at my daughter. So now on Sundays, I do bookbag checks for my kids at home just like I do on Fridays for my students in study hall.
But not all is bad. I go on a retreat with my school on Monday and Tuesday to determine how to move the school forward and decide on what are our "next steps." Hubby is great and our relationship after ten years together and eight years married is wonderful. Yes, there are ups and downs but for the most part, we are well.
I've been thinking of going back to school. I need thirty credits above my master's to receive top pay as a teacher. Not sure if I should major in Neuroscience: Developmental Disabilities or go for Educational Administration licensing to become an Assistant Principal. Decisions, decisions. . .