Day 143 (of 183) when regular TOCs make a difference to anxiety
Today our son had a Teacher On Call in for his regular teacher. He’s in a specialized program due to his generalized anxiety, so we didn’t really expect it to be a good day. Usually when there is a TOC we anticipate a rough day….or an “I’m sick” day. But this TOC has been in the program before….and in fact had seen my son in a couple of environments including at another school where he catches a bus.
In fact, we did receive a text saying “I’m sick” (from ‘the boy’)
And another text saying “working on pushing as far as we can” (from the TOC)
So…when a phone call was made a little later (during a break) it was great to hear that:
The TOC remembers the boy from a few times this year
He remembered him from ‘the previous school’
He commented how he was struggling
He shared how different he is now
We learned that humour matters (‘the boy’ laughing in the background) when TOC said worst part of the day was having an annoying TOC telling bad jokes
He commented about ‘what a change’ he sees thanks to a program ‘doing different’.
I’ve always commented that ‘the boy’ will be both a favourite and most frustrating student for the teacher. He has great talents. But….anxiety is real. We also see changes in their gradual nature (kinda like watching hair grow) so it was nice to have an “occasional contact” person share those insights that we think/hope/dream are really happening – and that yes….there have been improvements.
So reassuring that a “choice program” did have the hoped for outcome of understanding who he is as a learner …..now to work on the anxiety triggers (crowds and noise) in a small group/quiet focused environment……one step at a time!