Well, it looks like I did it again.
I volunteered myself for more work.
Today after a little over two weeks, I finally had an ARD to interpret for. Mom wasn’t there of course, like in many other cases. She didn’t pick up the phone yesterday either when I called to remind her about the meeting.
But who am I to judge.
She might have been at work, and that is probably why she didn’t come today – to make money in order to help support her family.
See, when you work at a low-income high school, you never know what to expect.
Some parents really push for their kids to get an education so that they don’t have to struggle in life the way they did.
Other parents don’t have time to spend to make sure that their kids are completing their homework because they work all day and all night in order to meet ends.
Very few parents don’t care at all.
In this particular situation, this student was very polite – very smiley and open to any suggestions.
Her teacher’s had nothing but great reports about her, the only problem she has is attendance.
Apparently, she is a very intelligent young girl, and she really tries hard to understand new concepts – but there is no way for her to grasp everything if she is absent 3 days a week.
At the meeting, the diagnostician and her contact teacher realized that she was provided with 30 inclusion minutes for her Math Models class but had no one going to her for aid.
I volunteered to go in.
I could not stand the idea that this student has maximum potential to succeed but does not have the extra push needed.
So, I added a new assignment to my schedule.
All students need is a little bit of attention and encouragement. If you show these kids that you care, they will begin to show some care for themselves, and thus have a clearer vision for their future.
I couldn’t leave her behind.