Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Private to Public Gone Wrong...
Private to Public Adjustment Went Wrong
I mirror wrote in the third grade. I had basically written the letters of the alphabet backwards instead of forwards. You could even take a mirror to my writing, and it would appear to be on the right side. It all started though when I moved from my old neighborhood to a new one.
I went to a school in the west end from Kindergarten to Second grade. The school was a private Jewish school called Rudlin Torah Academy. I had to move though when I got to the third grade because my mom could not afford to send me there anymore.
We moved from an apartment in Lamplighter Drive in the county of Richmond, and switched to a cottage two story house on Pursuit in the suburbs of Chesterfield. When I got to public school though it did not take me long in the school year to discover I had issues besides worrying about making new friends. The school was way bigger then my old one, and unlike private school where we had private instruction. The public school that I went to however had more students which means barely any instruction time with the teacher privately. The lunches were different as well like we bought lunch instead of packed it. The private school had half of my classes in Hebrew which is the Jewish alphabet and half were in English. I wrote right to left instead of left to right.
I was the shortest kid in my class on top of that, and like all kids I was scared when I first started out the school year, and it took time to adjust going from private to public school. I went to class nervous only to find the kids in my class nicer then I thought as well as the teacher. Those were the least of my problems though. Soon I would get news that would lead me to my issues that were a turning point in my life.
I had to have testing done a few days into school to see if I had any issues with learning, and the test proved I had Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. It even showed that I had Dyslexia when it came to math because I would switch numbers, and sometimes my mind would play games on me like I thought the answer was sixty four when it was actually forty-six. A situation also happened to me in public school during the year that revealed I had been writing backward. I would write my letters in the wrong way mirror writing instead of the correct way like everyone else. I had to go to Riverside which is a school for special students that needed individual help on certain subjects I went there for writing and math. I went there for a few weeks, and after a while taking those lessons improved my writing until I wrote the correct ways.
After finding out my issues it was hard for me to adjust. I sat through class doodling instead of paying attention. My teacher would get frustrated with me saying, “Jessica would sit there all day instead of doing her work. She is difficult to work with.” I had just started out at a public school, so maybe she could have given me time to adjust. I had to go to a psychologist to see if I had any mental issues in learning. I was put on Ritalin to help me pay attention in school to see if that would help, but it made me have headaches and I would stay up on it. The second drug did the same, so drugs would not help at all. The second psychologist I saw did not help either instead his answer was, “Jessica is Bi-Polar and needs to be put on medication.” My mom’s friend looked at me instead and said, “There is nothing wrong with her, and she is not Bi-Polar.”
It seemed like my third grade teacher was a bad teacher she acted like she did not care about me struggling, and she did not help me out at all it was hard for me that year in school. I failed the third grade that year crying because I had to start that year all over again. I saw her one day wishing I could say thank you for making me fail, but I will show her that I was better off without her help.
I sometimes wish I was still able to go to private school because I loved being in an environment where I was the same religion as everyone else. That was also hard on me knowing the people in my class were not the same religion. I think about my life wondering what would have happened to me if I had stayed going to private school because of all the adjustments I had to face. All this happened because I went from public to private school, and I still have the psychological report that was done on me. I read it once and a while laughing because I have come a long way from all that.
The second year of third grade was better because I was finally put in special education. I got the help that I need with a good teacher that knew how to handle me. I laugh seeing that old report. Later down the line I wrote my first full novel called The Adventurer which was basically me in The Mummy Returns. I continued with special education for math all the way until I graduated high school. I always write my letter the correct way, but I still have those old notebooks that had my letters backwards.
I overcame my issues to go on, and become a really talented writer capable of producing page and page of writing within minutes. That was a special moment for me in my life when I moved from private to public because of all the adjustments and challenges I had to face. I tested my character in a way because I moved to a new school, neighborhood, and house. I had to make new friends, and deal with going to a public school with children of a different religion. I even had a few disabilities to deal with as well. It was a turning point for me in my life, and one that made me realize I wanted to be a writer later down the line as I overcame my challenges. I have now proved to the third grade teacher that I am not just a kid daydreaming in her class and not paying attention. I made the point when I produced a novel really good, and I am going to prove to the world that I was meant to be one when my book is on the shelves of Barnes N Noble. It will prove I have the strength to face even more challenges then I did the first year of going from public to private school.