Thursday, December 22, 2011

Isn't it ironic?

My boy is a pretty smart cookie.  He reads almost constantly.  He thinks about math.  His state testing scores are quite high, placing him in the upper percentiles.  So it wasn't a total surprise when he was tapped to be a mentor for younger kids at the school. 

There are a couple of presents under the tree now - one of them from the teacher of the class he's mentoring in.  He usually has a different kid every time he goes, but has had Andrew for a few weeks in a row now.

I asked him why, what was it that Andrew needed from him?  And my boy says to me, He has trouble staying on task, so I help him with that.  You could have picked my jaw up off the floor.

See, from kindergarten all the way through last year, that was a MAJOR complaint from ALL of his teachers - an inability to focus, to stay on task, to pay attention.  He'd daydream or read under his desk (yes, he got in trouble for reading in class) or just draw pictures.  Since he always got As and Bs, obviously something was sinking in, like kids who study to music or executives who doodle while making a deal - he thinks better when something else is going on.  I know that, but teachers like to SEE kids paying attention so they can be sure they're learning. 

So I find it somewhat ironic that MY son is trying to teach another kid how to "stay on task".  Of course, if anyone knows how to change that behavior, I guess it would be my boy! 


Jill said...


karisma said...

LOL! That is too funny! My girls were mentors at their school too. They also did peer tutoring to help kids with reading etc. Meagan really enjoyed it, Gemma not so much. She did it anyway but as it took her from her own classes she resented it a little at times.

I am loving the muti tasking picture there.

Island Rider said...

God is going to continue to amaze you as your boy grows up. You are finally starting to see the fruit of all those tears and prayers. Psalm 126:5

Janis said...

Mentoring is a great honor for a kid.. I know your son will do a great job. He is growing up fast! Merry Christmas to you n yours Sayre!