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my dd's school bus driver has diagnosed her dyslexic.....**edit***edit2 Talked to teacher

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so I am waiting with my kids for my dd's bus to come this morning in my van. I have to leave immediately after dd's bus comes to get ds to school on time. The bus comes and we are about to take off when my dd gets off the bus and tells me her bus driver wants to talk to me. I go over there and she proceeds to tell me that she has noticed Ivy is having great difficulty reading and because of that, she has placed her with an older child to sit with so the other kid can tutor my dd. She also said that Ivy is dyslexic and she has a friend that makes flash cards if I am interested. Funny thing tho, I just got Ivy's second trimester report card, which said she was reading above her grade level and the teacher is quite proud of her accomplishments. The teacher and I just had a talk a month ago about how Ivy just all of a sudden started reading and now she reads everything she can, the teacher was especially impressed how she sounds out 4 and 5 syllable words. The bus driver also told me she is making the girls write sentences on the rides to and from school and if they turn in a book report to her on Fridays they get to pick from a goodie bag. I am all for encouraging the girls to read and write, but I kind of feel she is over stepping the bounds of a bus driver. I told her I would talk to my dd's teacher about her reading, but should I mention to the principle about the sentences and book reports, and most importantly, the diagnosis?

***edit***   Ivy is just in Kindergarten. I home schooled her and her twin brother but I didnt feel comfortable after a year to have them try first grade. They are 7yrs old. She just clicked with the reading back in January. I spoke with her teacher at that time and she said that is how some of them do, it's like a lightbulb going off. My dd is not even close to dyslexic. What I dont get is why the bus driver thinks she is having so much trouble that she felt the need to talk to me about it, when I myself hear Ivy read every day and she has no difficulty at all. I can deal with her having books to read on the ride and offering the kids a prize if they give her a book report but seriously, if she is paying enough attention to my dd reading on a bus full of girls (she goes to an all girls school) how much attention is she paying to the road? I know just having my twins engaged in a lively conversation behind me it can be distracting. I am going to ask my dd how she feels about the "tutoring" and then shoot off an email to her teacher tomorrow. I will let you all know what she says, and thanks for the support and ideas on how to deal with this

***edit2...well, I talked to Ivy and the teacher... Ivy said it startedthe week before spring break (last week) when she brought her Backyardigan's book to school to read on the bus. She was having trouble seeing the words because the bus was so bumpy. She said the bus driver called her out on it and embarrassed her by making her sit with the other girl. I asked her why she didnt tell me and she said she was too embarrassed..

Talked to teacher this morning. She was totally floored by this and said Ivy was no way near dyslexic and was in fact her top reader in the class. She said that Ivy scores 100% every day in comprehension and often helps others that are struggling with phonics. She said she is doing great in her other subjects as well, and if the year wasnt so close to being over she would see about moving her to First grade. She mentioned that if I was willing, and worked with her over the summer that she could recommend they test her before school starts to see if they can put her in second grade

As for the bus driver, I am going to talk to her Monday and let her know I talked to Ivy's teacher and she is just fine. I am also going to ask her to not single Ivy out with the tutoring anymore as she does not need it and it embarrasses her.

Thanks for all the ideas and support you guys have given in this post :)

by on Mar. 20, 2013 at 8:41 AM
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shivasgirl
by Platinum Member on Mar. 22, 2013 at 11:05 AM

she has two other 7yr olds in her class, one older one younger...my 7yr old son has 4 others in his kinder class...so I am pretty impressed with my kid!

Quoting Anonymous:

Well no shit she's the top reader in her class. She is SEVEN and in kindergarten. Most of them are 5 at the OLDEST. I still wouldn't be too impressed by that.


ajohnson6636
by on Mar. 24, 2013 at 9:36 PM


Fully agree with this poster.  I would be on the phone with transportation and asking them why this bus driver is having my child do reports and trying to diagnose a child she only knows through transportation.  If she wants to be  a teacher then she needs to go to school and get the license and do that but until she does that she needs to keep her trap shut and eyes on the road.

Quoting RiotousDigits:

uhm... I'd be on the phone with the district asking what credentials a bus driver has to be teaching my kid.

Also, my kid would NOT be doing "book reports" for goodies for a bus driver.

I would be asking for a new driver.  She's supposed to be DRIVING, not managing educations/assigning tutors or giving assignments.



omm76002
by Silver Member on Mar. 25, 2013 at 7:48 AM

 Its before and after school. They have time to do both. The way the schools work here. School is let out and all the bus riders go to the gym. The teachers go and start their buses, then they release the students bus by bus.

Quoting Anonymous:

 

 

Quoting omm76002:

Quoting bear.katten:

Lol any bus driver I have EVER known had no teaching background, they just took the driving test. Either way, she has no right to be making diagnosis' and assigning homework. If she wanted to teach she should have chosen to do that, not drive a bus.






Quoting omm76002:

Quoting bear.katten:

Thinkin' they can teach because they're a BUS DRIVER n shit!







Lol no but in all seriousness, I wouldnt be taking educational advice from someone who drives a bus for a living! Speak to her teacher or her pedi.






Usually bus drivers ARE teachers. They usually take the bus driving job to get extra money on the side.


Really? All the bus drivers here are teachers. Grainted, if your not my childs teacher then butt out. But you never know, maybe the bus driver picked up on something.

 

how do the teachers have time to be driving buses?  shouldn't they be TEACHING?

 

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Mar. 25, 2013 at 7:54 AM


that's bizarre.  I've never heard of a teacher who was also required to have their CDL.  I kind of feel bad for them.  imagine all the extra work they have to take home since they can't spend 15-30 min alone in their classroom before/after class.

Quoting omm76002:

 Its before and after school. They have time to do both. The way the schools work here. School is let out and all the bus riders go to the gym. The teachers go and start their buses, then they release the students bus by bus.

Quoting Anonymous:



Quoting omm76002:

Quoting bear.katten:

Lol any bus driver I have EVER known had no teaching background, they just took the driving test. Either way, she has no right to be making diagnosis' and assigning homework. If she wanted to teach she should have chosen to do that, not drive a bus.






Quoting omm76002:

Quoting bear.katten:

Thinkin' they can teach because they're a BUS DRIVER n shit!







Lol no but in all seriousness, I wouldnt be taking educational advice from someone who drives a bus for a living! Speak to her teacher or her pedi.






Usually bus drivers ARE teachers. They usually take the bus driving job to get extra money on the side.


Really? All the bus drivers here are teachers. Grainted, if your not my childs teacher then butt out. But you never know, maybe the bus driver picked up on something.


how do the teachers have time to be driving buses?  shouldn't they be TEACHING?

 



crazygirl907
by Silver Member on Mar. 25, 2013 at 7:58 AM

If she does test to second grade, are you going to put her there? I'd be worried about her twin, how he would feel. 

And I agree, it was not the bus drivers place to say anything like that. 

suzyma14
by on Mar. 25, 2013 at 7:59 AM
Well, you handled it better than me. I would have no problem telling the driver to mind het business, I would also ask when exactly did she get her professional license to do evaluation on the bus. I would also have advised her that the only people that need be concerned about anything is the parents. Her job description is bus driver, she needs to remember that. Since she called the student out, I would make sure I call her out in front of the kids and principle. No one messes with my kids.
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by on Mar. 25, 2013 at 8:00 AM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Mar. 25, 2013 at 8:04 AM
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shivasgirl
by Platinum Member on Mar. 25, 2013 at 8:25 AM

not sure, they go to diffferent school so I am not sure it would make a difference. I will just have to see how it goes

Quoting crazygirl907:

If she does test to second grade, are you going to put her there? I'd be worried about her twin, how he would feel. 

And I agree, it was not the bus drivers place to say anything like that. 


bmommyx2
by Silver Member on Mar. 27, 2013 at 6:21 PM

I would report the bus driver, she should concern herself with driving not teaching

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