Have you ever felt like you are all alone and like there was no one to turn to? No one could ever be experiencing what you are right now. Or…you have a few friends that you confide in – but it just seems that they make matters worse (even though they don’t mean to.) Drama….drama…drama.
That was me, 15 years ago. Today is a different story.
I have a 6 year old, Faith, who is super smart. Which you may think is a “gift." I’m SO happy that she doesn’t struggle in school. However, she does struggle in school because she gets bored. She will end up talking too much (and doing other things) and found herself getting in “trouble” for her behavior.
I really didn’t know what to make of it when the note came home saying that she was being tested for SCOPE (The Gifted and Talented Group in Spotsylvania schools.) Part of me was excited and the other part just didn’t know what to think. I didn’t initiate the testing so they must have seen “something” or some reason that they thought she would qualify for SCOPE.
On to the point of this blog…it has been 20 years since I had a first grader. A LOT has changed and I’m not up on the lingo or language and, most importantly, I didn’t want to do this alone! I needed to make a smart decision regarding this whole “SCOPE” thing. This is when I knew that I should reach out to my friend and colleague, Rachel Edwards Seats with The Academic Agency.
Rachel started working with Faith. Rachel’s background is in the very school system that my older children graduated from over 10 years ago (I wish I had known about her back then!) Rachel started by getting to know how Faith thinks, acts and interacts and, most importantly, her learning style.
When it came time to have our SCOPE meeting, Rachel was there for us. She interacted with the teacher and helped me review the testing and identify several things:
1. How Faith’s current needs were being met in the classroom.
2. What can be done in the future to make sure these needs are met
3. How we, together, can best serve Faith’s needs to ensure her success.
I am really happy that Faith didn’t “qualify” for SCOPE. I’m not fond of a child being labeled. I am excited about helping Faith set (and reach) specific academic goals through tools and techniques based on her specific learning style.
You don’t have to do it alone. If your child is struggling in school because they are behind (or because they are advanced), Rachel Edwards Seats, Founder of The Academic Agency, is here to help. Her knowledge, expertise and experience is invaluable.
To find out more, visit her website @ www.theacademicagency.com or call 540-847-5646.