Gun Shy

(My son’s name here on out on this blog will be “Doodicus”, the second half of his nickname at home of which the first half is Maximus (actually, it should be Dudicus, but that looks like Dud- instead of Dude-.))

After last year’s encounters with Doodicus’s 1st grade teacher, we have become pretty gun-shy. “What were we going to find out THIS time…?” we would ask ourselves before the appointed time of the witch hunt. Especially fun when we hear how he shanked a girl in his class with a safety pin. Ah, the memories.

We had our first PTC this week with his 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Pied Piper. I sat down on the tiny chair at the tiny desk , my knees snuggled into my boobs, and watched as she brought up Doodicus’s marks on her tiny laptop, and waited.

“He has shown tremendous interest in the Butterfly Project.”

“We have a veteran come in and read to the class, and Doodicus always has the best questions to ask him. You know that when the veteran goes back to the Veteran’s Home and talks about Doodicus, he’s made quite a positive impression.”

“He shares songs that he makes up on the piano with the music class.”

“He’s a wonderful singer, did you know?”

“Of all my boys, he easily has the neatest handwriting.”

She continues on, but I’m looking at the screen of the laptop. Yep, it says Doodicus right there and there’s only one Doodicus in 2nd grade. Maybe her notes got mixed up with the kid scheduled before us? Or after us? I peek at her notes: “Doodicus.”

Just then Doodicus comes in the room after playing with a couple of classmates in the commons area.

“We were just talking about you!” his teacher exclaims excitedly, “…and what a good job you are doing in participation in the class. However,…”

Oh. Heeere we go.

“…when he doesn’t like the hot lunch, he won’t eat since he doesn’t like the PB&Js we offer as an option. He once indicated he brought his own lunch when they were serving something he didn’t like, but I changed it back to a hot lunch. I’ve told him that there has to be something on the tray that he’ll eat.”

There it was. THE Bomb. My son is a picky eater.

Considering that last year we were talking expulsion, this is a bit of an improvement, wouldn’t you say?

16 thoughts on “Gun Shy”

  1. Yay! Just goes to show how important a teacher can be. Still infuriates me that you requested a transfer to a different teacher last year and the school refused.

  2. Sound to me like you just finally have a teacher who knows how to teach all the children in her class versus the ones that fit the mold. I went through that in 4th grade with Alex so I felt your pain last year with what you went through with Doodicus. 😉

  3. I have found the teacher can make a huge difference. Kindergarten and 2nd grade teachers BLEW for Zachary. First grade and third? Awesome. This year seems ok so far, but interestingly enough, when I went to PTCs last week, I mentioned that he had one teacher in the past who seemed to be annoyed by the fact that he was difficult in class and yet still got very good grades. The 4th grade teacher said – OH…that wouldn’t happen to have been 2nd grade, would it? And I said yes. SO – either that teacher has said something about Zachary to this teacher, or there is something in his file! Nice, given it was her inexperience that made them like oil and water.

    Glad to hear Doodicus is doing so great!

  4. Awesome job Doodicus! So glad that he’s doing so well this year…it’s got to be great to know that the medication that you struggled over deciding to give him is allowing him to be the great kid that you knew he is!

  5. We always had to ask the teachers if they were SURE they were talking about OUR kids.

    Our grade school lets the parents come in for lunch. I made that mistake once with each boy.

    The food is gross.

  6. Go Doody! It’s ya birthday! Well that proves that grade 1 teach was a piece of shit, pardon my French. I want to kick her ass still! GAH! The principal is on my list too….

    You have a wonderful boy, he just needed to find Mrs. Pied Piper all along.

  7. Go Doody! Ok, that sounds weird. Go, Doodicus!

    I have the same pains in my stomach for D.’s upcoming PTC next month. I think I mentioned before we (and he) very much disliked his Kindergarten teacher. She was a very sad soul who never had one good thing to say about D. (or any other student for that matter… which is kinda weird for a K Teacher, don’t you think?) This year, it feels like he’s doing better academically, but I am waiting for the bomb at PTC. Because you just never know.

  8. I’m glad Doodicus has a more positive teacher this year. Every kid does something well. That’s one reason I couldn’t be a teacher – because I don’t have the ability to recognize the good points of people (even kids) who irritate me. I hope he continues to blossom under this teacher’s care.

  9. Awesome report. I really think a lot of the behaviour issues we get in K and 1st are just 5 and 6 year old boys being boys (at least that is what I am telling myself during this K year).

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