Wednesday, September 17, 2008

My son: Will you be my teacher?

My son: "Will you be my third grade teacher?"

Me: "I'm sorry. I can't."

My son: "Well, Mrs. C**n (a regular third grade teacher) retired. You can be her replacement."

Me: "It doesn't quite work that way. I don't have a teaching degree and you need that to be a teacher."

My son: "Oh."

This conversation happened before school started and it pulled at my heartstrings. He was hoping I could be his third grade teacher so he wouldn't have to go into MICi room. He just wanted to be a regular third grader, which isn't quite the best situation for him. As of now he is doing fine with his arrangement of spending his mornings in third grade and his afternoons in the special education room.

For a while, I wish I could have been his teacher. It might look like homeschooling would be the best option, but my guy is one that likes to get out of the house everyday. He needs a lot of stimulation and I alone couldn't provide what he needs on a daily basis.


Casdok said...

Awww thats sooo lovely!

Anonymous said...

What a little sweetheart. You are always your child's most important teacher. You have been since day one!

kristi said...

It is son begs for me to keep him home, but I work...still it is hard! I am adding you to my blogroll!

Anonymous said...

I am a graduate student working on my master’s degree in childhood education and special education (grades 1-6). I am taking a class that is entirely based on autism. I have found your blog to be very interesting. You seem to adore your son and it is apparent that you have become very educated about autism. I have learned so much from reading your blog. Last week in class, we discussed the characteristics of inclusive classrooms. We talked a lot about the options available to students with autism at school. I think it is great that you have stood by your decision to send your son to school and not resort to homeschooling. As you know, children with autism have difficulty interacting socially with others. Even though your son is only in a regular classroom for half of the day, he is still given many opportunities to interact socially with his peers. This will only help his condition to improve. If he was homeschooled, it would be more difficult for him to have opportunities to socially interact with other children his age. I also think that it is great that your son spends the second half of his day in the special education classroom. In the special education classroom, he is given the attention he needs to excel in school and perform to the best of his own ability. This individualized attention will help him improve on all aspects of his life. I hope that this individualized attention will give your son the tools he needs to one day be able to stay in an inclusive classroom for more than just half of the day. I think that you are on the right path to provide your son with so many opportunities to improve and tools to help him excel in his life. Although it breaks your heart to know that all he wants is to be a normal third grader, you are doing the right thing by sending him to a school that can help him in more ways than you can alone. Good luck to you and your son in the future!

Susie said...

I think without him realizing it you have been his teacher. Not necessarily in school but out of school to help him make it this far. I know it can't be easy for him to transition to a new teacher, especially since it sounds like he is so fond of his new teacher. I love the quote that, "No one forgets a good teacher." It is so true because they have a huge impact on their lives. As much as you want him to be home with you, it is so important for him to be in school and have those social interactions. He does sound like a such a sweet boy!

J said...

To Casdok: Thanks

To Marla: You are so right!

To Kristi: Thanks.

To Anoynous: thanks for taking the time to express your thoughts. I really appreciate it. : ) I do feel like we've made the right decision to send him to school, though it's hard sometimes.

To Susie: Yes, I do my best to teach him. These days I'm his social coach mostly. Yes, it's good that he gets practice socializing with other kids and a bonus that he gets to do it without his mom hovering over him! : )