The first half of the year went pretty well. He seemed to be getting work done, know what he was doing, and was getting along well with others.
Now he’s struggling to get his work done and seems nervous about his work and is in constant need of help and support. Yet his progress report said he’s meeting or exceeding all the standards.
I’m not sure what is going on, but there are several theories I have:
1. His teacher added an extra sentence to the writing and he seems pretty thrown by this, even after doing this for a couple weeks now.
2. He’s perfectionistic and freakin out about the writing.
3. The class had a student teacher till just before break and now there is not as much opportunity for help and support in a HUGE class of kids. He seems to be craving help, whether needed or not.
4. He’s just giving up because he is stuck thinking he needs help and isn’t getting help so he checks out (while his teacher think she can do the work and wants him to do so independently).
We have been thinking of how to give him some motivation outside school and had success one week giving him ‘Friday Fun’ at home because he finished his work at school but not soon enough to earn the fun time at school. He was so excited, earned it, but then the next week had several work papers sent home that he didn’t finish during the week. Not sure what works one week and makes another one so challenging.
Now today. The hubby sent an email letting his teacher know of two additional rewards she can use as reinforcement this week and next, and she replies with wanting to create a behavior plan. Hopefully, meeting with her will clarify my questions and be a productive step in the right direction.
Still, my mind always jumps five steps ahead, job hazard so to speak, and I am kinda freaking out.
Deep breaths. Wait till I can find out what is going on. Above all stop freaking out and PRAY.