He came home talking about it.
mommy I don’t sit at the yellow table anymore. I sit at Eli’s Table.
Was that something you decided or your teacher?
It was her idea. I can pick a friend to sit with me.
Hmmmm. I wasn’t so sure how I felt about this. Why is my baby being singled out.
Then I opened my email inbox to find a message from the teacher.
I just wanted to keep you informed of any interventions I provided in the
classroom for Eli. I have
created a visual unpacking schedule on the smartboard for unpacking and lunch
count (for all the
children.) It seems to be a success. As of today, I have also been trying an
“Eli table” which is slightly
removed from the larger (6 person) tables. I will allow him to choose a
person each day to sit with him.
Please understand that this is NOT a punishment of any kind. I am just trying
to create a place in the
classroom that is comfortable for Eli. The six person tables are not ideal
for many learners, but Eli
really struggles to attend and complete tasks. He seems to like this
arrangement, and agrees that he
might make better choices and pay attention better at his new seat. He also
gets a kick out of calling it
the “Eli table!!” Many of the other children have already requested to sit
Please let me know if this does not follow interventions or things you have
implemented in the past. I
can try something else!
The biggest concern I have about interventions for Eli is that he gets that things are changed for him because he’s “different”. He doesn’t want the change if it’s going to make him stand out more. The plus of the Eli Table is that he was really excited about it! He was naming the friends he wanted to pick to sit with him. And he is usually the popular kid in class because he recognizes how to make kids laugh to get them to like him. So I see this as a win/win for him.
We will meet with his teacher next Friday for our first official conference of the school year. She requested this when we met at orientation and she followed through. So far our communication has been great. I feel really comfortable with her being the person that is helping my son learn for the next year. I feel confident that his needs are being met or that she is working to try to get his needs met. I feel more confident that he will succeed.