Well, I am sitting here thinking about the end of my most recent course Applied Research in Human Service and praising God that it is over and done with. Throughout the entire course, I was receiving a perfect A that is, until the final paper. I messed up a couple of things that were very important in the writing of my research proposal. It is quite obvious to me, that I did not read the rubric in its entirety and this is why I messed up.
Incidentally, I received a “B” on the paper. I thought, a B!!! Are you kidding me? Then, I thought to myself that a B was not half bad considering I jammed my way through the paper and only lost 3.5 points out of a possible 20 points and it could have been much worse. The B did not make my GPA for the class go down THAT much. I went from having 100% throughout the entire class to having about a 96%. That still gave me the A and raised my cummulative GPA up to a 3.90.
The Hallelujah chorus started playing in my head – a 3.90 is great! Then I had to pat myself on the back because I am now starting to feel more confident about my coursework. Initially, I thought the instructors were either drinking on the job or crackheads because how could I be doing so well. Instead, I now am starting to believe that I am able to write papers, discussion postings, and give valuable feedback to my classmates. Now, I can relax and stop stressing out over papers.
If you know me, and a few that read my blog know me well, I am still going to stress out over every writing assignment because I worry that I have missed something or did not cite enough in the assignment or worse yet, made absolutely no sense and maybe misread the assignment. People often wonder why I can write my papers so quickly, too. This is because I have been writing for YEARS. I started my bachelor coursework in 2006 and have been writing papers ever since. So that is SIX years of writing academic assignments. I also have been blogging since 2007 and that helps hone the writing skills.
I can write a 2300 word blog in the matter of minutes; especially, if I have something that I find interesting to talk about. This blog is meant to be an optimistic blog because I have been bearing a heavy weight on my shoulders over the course of the past month. I am not going to go in to too much detail other than to say that I have been stressed over life in general and my financial matters are in disarray. I worry that my financial aid monies are not coming through fast enough. I need the money now so that I can pay for school supplies and textbooks. I need a new flash drive dedicated solely to schoolwork. That is not the only thing that I am worrying about.
I worry about my children. They have issues of their own to contend with. I worry that the principal of my son’s school has yet to call me back about setting up a meeting to discuss keeping him back in the third grade next year because I feel he is not ready for fourth grade being that they are teaching him at below grade level. I think she is avoiding me and hoping that I will forget about it. No, I will not! This is MY CHILD and I am the expert on my child and his sole advocate. In fact, I am in the process right now of making call number two to the principal! I am confident that I can get my point across and make this happen. I am leaving a voice mail!! AGAIN!
So, this is call number two and we will see if she responds. If she does not respond, I am going to call the Board of Education again and voice my concerns there. Then maybe that way I will get results. He is just not ready for fourth grade! Seriously? Send him to fourth grade when he doesn’t have the skills necessary to advance to the next grade level? People have stated it is all about the No Child Left Behind law – I say pshaw! The No Child Left Behind law is in place to guarantee that each child is getting an appropriate education and they will no be left behind or below grade level. It is not about sending them through each grade level because of their age or because it might be socially awkward. It is in place to ensure that children are being taught appropriately and to the full extent and to monitor that child’s progress and not progress them just because it is the natural progression of things.
I am repeating myself from an earlier blog and I do apologize. I am just frustrated with this entire process. I will wait patiently for her to call me back. She had better call me back. He is not progressing as far as I am concerned. It is not their decision it is mine and I do not think that they realize this! It is not satisfactory to me that he cannot even do his math homework. He doesn’t know basic arithmetic skills that he should have honed throughout third grade. He is reading below grade level. Heck, the work that he brings home shows me that he is performing below grade level in all areas.
Enough about that already! I have to just sit and wait.Well, I didn’t have to wait too long. She finally called me back (yes, while I was editing this blog!) and we have a meeting set for this Friday!! YAY! The teacher, the principal, and me.
In the financial department cross to bear, things are going to get better. I know they will. Things always have a way of working themselves out. I am in a good mood because I know that right now, God is carrying me.
Thanks for reading!
There were no animals harmed in the making of this blog; although, I hear a cat meowing in the backyard – poor thing is getting soaked because it is truly raining cats and dogs out there!!
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