Struggles. The word used most in every Parent Conference I’ve ever taken part in. “He struggles in school,” “She struggles to keep up, ” The teacher seems to struggle with my child,” “My child struggles with the content,” “My child struggles with the teacher.” Year after year as I taught Negative and Positive Connotations, students would be asked what connotation the word “Struggles” has. Hands would go up and the simple word, “Negative” would be said with conviction, by each student. I would smile, as I knew they understood.
“The 1305 Practice” was developed in 2006 when I was faced with a “Struggle” of my own. My 1st period class of 25 students walked into Classroom 1305, took a seat and from the looks on their faces, THEY were ready to make me “Struggle.” I assessed the situation. Twenty-Five Struggling Readers, a few had a bad day or were sick & failed FCAT, some had Learning Disabilities, IEP’s, 504’s, Social Anxiety, Attention Issues and Attitudes. The one commonality that threaded my new class was CLEAR…They didn’t want to be in “Intensive Reading Class.” The term, “Fake It ’til You Make It” became my Mantra that day. I welcomed them, attempted to make a joke or two to break the ice and asked them what they hoped to learn that year. Their responses included, “Nothing,” “I shouldn’t be in this class” and a slew of other phrases. With a heavy heart, I announced how happy I was that they were there and that if they would trust me, I would take them on a journey. All of a sudden, their phrases turned to laughter as they made it clear. They didn’t know me, believe me or want to give me a chance.
I made it through that class period and the next five periods were more of the same. At the end of the day, I was exhausted, filled with angst but one thing was certain, I wouldn’t give up. I made a decision. I would do whatever it took to ensure their success. As I made positive parent phone calls that evening delivering the same message to each family: I was happy to have their child in my class! At the other end of the phone, I was met with responses of laughter, disbelief and some tears.
The next day as students walked in, I could tell by the looks on their faces, they knew I was not “The Enemy.” Over the coming days and months, a wonderful relationship formed with each student. I met them Where they were in their Education & Attitude and vowed to take them on a Journey to Where they needed to be! One thing remained clear- I WOULDN’T GIVE UP-THEY WOULDN’T EITHER. That year, I developed “My Style, My Way.” I loved each of those students in 1305; THEY were MINE. My “Sweathogs” to love, support and encourage. They would WORK for me when they wouldn’t for others. I could “Mom Them” about their “Jerky Behavior” in other classes and encourage “Their Best.” Overtime, CHANGE came. That year, my 9th-12th grade Struggling Students with Attitudes, Horrible Habits and No Routines:
1) Got Organized, 2) ‘Learned the Dance’ of each of their Teachers & the Value of Relationships, 3) Developed Study Habits, 4) Made Respecting Family a Priority, 5)Gained Confidence & Intrinsic Motivation, AND 6) Got rid of the Excuses and Learned to ‘Make Good Choices.’ Today, these students are Business Owners, College Graduates, Chefs, Active Military, Mechanics, Childcare Teachers, Dental Hygienists and more. I am so proud of them! THEY discovered their Intrinsic Motivation and way to a fulfilling life.
The 1305 Practice is based on each of these Principles. In 10-weeks, I will meet you & your student where you are at, and take you where you need to be. Parents/Guardians will be shown how to Empower, NOT Enable your student through an effective System of Expectations-Consequences-Routines and Rewards. Teens will learn new habits and create routines for school and home life. I will create an Individual Strategic Modification Plan for your student which includes: daily Routine, Expectations, Consequences and Reward System. It’s that “Little Instruction Manual ” we wished we had the day your child came into your life. Throughout the weeks, a different Topic will be presented weekly beginning with Setting Goals and Ending with Making Good Choices. This program will make their life easier through the implementation of successful practices and Transform your Family by REPLACING CHAOS and ANXIETY with CALM. After the Complimentary Consultation, the 10-week Program Schedule includes:
Week 1:Up to 2 hours: Data Gathering to develop Individualized Strategic Modification Plan and Set Goals (Student and Parents/Guardians Attend- bring student backpack/class binders) $195
Week 2: 1 hr. 15 min. Review of the ISMP and Topic: “Getting Organized and Developing Good Habits/Student Accountability Schedule” (Student / Parent Attends)$55
Week 3: 55 min.Topic: “Relationships with Teachers Matter” (Student Practice) $55
Week 4: 55 min. Topic: “Respect My Family, Respect Myself” (Student Practice) $55
Week 5: 55 min/$55 Topic: ” Intrinsic Motivation” (Student Practice) $55
Week 6-10: 45 min.-1 hr. Practice “Making Good Choices in School and Life” $55
Additional Services Offered:
Discounted Weekly Small Group Tutoring: $15/hr. 1305 Members OR $30/hr. Non-1305 Members
“1305 Life” Membership/$95 month (after the completion of 10-week Program) Includes: Discounted Tutoring, Weekly Peer Meetings , Student Accountability, Monthly Invitation to listen to Guest Speakers, On-going Parent and Student Support
IEP/504 Meeting Consultation/Attendance $75/hr.
Virtual School Task Management
College Entrance Process Management Including: Student Resume’ Development, Application(s) and Essay Completion
Questions? Call Mrs. Eden Cook at 321-960-6162 or submit a request below. I look forward to helping your student become the Best Version of him/herself!
My Best, Eden Cook