We got The Boy’s schedule finally, and it was slightly different than expected, with no core class second semester and a passel of scary-sounding electives like “Principles of Business & Finance.” I emailed his new teacher with my concerns, and she said those are the career and technical education courses they take as part of the Occupational Course of Study, and that the special ed teachers work closely with those teachers to make sure everything is modified. Seniors get first pick, so there’s not much left for freshman when they schedule them.
Ok. But if you have a 9th grader who still can’t multiply and divide independently?
And the lack of core classes was due to the only male PE class being offered at the same time during second semester, and he can just take Biology when it’s offered again, either sophomore or junior year.
I look at this schedule with these long-titled classes that last an hour and a half, and I know there will be no parapro, and I start to get a little queasy with all the what-ifs racing through my brain.
My constant refrain seems to be “How does this work?” And I have to let go. I have to trust that it will be fine. I have to give this new set of teachers a chance to prove they know what they are doing and that they are professionals.
And while I do that, I am preparing my own “curriculum” of supplementary stuff to help him find some meaning in his day, just in case “Sports & Entertainment Marketing” isn’t quite up his alley. Like maybe a coding workshop, and some time spent feeding some animals at the wildlife shelter.
“Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.” ~ W. Clement Stone
I’ve been there too with my son. Somehow, as I’m sure is true with your boy, he always managed to come through and exceed everyone’s expectations. He graduated high school in June… coming a long way from the little guy who refused to hold a pencil and was terrified of the fire alarm in elementary school. I bet your son will do great things this year – after all, he has you in his corner!
Oh I know he will. High school is so different… The fixation with fire alarms has come back for us too in the past couple of weeks 😕