Never Give up

Lila - Superior, Arizona
Entered on September 19, 2008

I believe that student with learning disabilities shouldn’t be given up on. I say that because of my own experience. It was April 21 and I found out that I didn’t pass my AIMS writing test. I was in my second period class when I first found out that I didn’t pass the test. It didn’t really bother me until I was in my last class of the day and I was talking with my mom who worked at the high school I attend. She started asking if I was okay and if it bothered me at first I kept saying to her “No it doesn’t bother, I am okay I knew I might not pass”. After that it really sat in that I didn’t pass I felt like I disappointed myself and my parents. Even though I knew that I still get to graduate because I have an Individual Education Policy (IEP) which is for a student that has a learning disability in reading or math. It still hurt to know I had worked so hard on that test, I was in the testing room for hours, I took my time and I used a dictionary so that way my spelling was right. Even though I only needed to approach on the test, I had set a goal for myself not just to approach but to meet the test standers. In the end I knew that I tried my best. I graduated from high school in the top ten in my class and I also graduated with horrors.

My freshman year was 2004-2005. My freshman year was the year that I was main streamed into regular class. One of my teachers had suggested to my mom that it would be good for me. That it would be a challenge for me because of my learning disability. We both knew it would be hard to do because I hadn’t been in a regular class in so long. It was big challenge for but it was also good for me to do. This was working out really well for most of the year. Like every good thing a bad thing has to come and create a miner road block. I was in a regular math class with everyone else during junior high so I didn’t I think I would have any problem in high school boy was I wrong. For the first half of the year I had been getting a B in the my class I was in however when the second half of the year come my grade had drop drastically to a D well you see we had to take notes of what we did in class. So I asked my teacher why my grade had dropped she told me that I didn’t have any of my notes for the class. So I showed her that I had all of my notes for the class she didn’t believe me that I had them the whole time. So when the progress reports came out and my parents saw my grade they asked why my grade was so low I explained what my teacher said. when we were done talking they told me to go get my note book for that class so that way they could see all my notes had days and they were all there. My parents had to have a meeting with the principal, the special needs director, the special education teacher and the math teacher so that way the problem could be worked. The problem had been worked out and my class was going a little better. After that the teacher did not like me at all

My sophomore year was 2005-2006. This year was a better year than the year before expect for the fact that the law about Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AMIS) that you have to pass in order to graduate. had just been passed and my class was the first class that had to pass in. That year was the first year I had to take the AIMS test. When I took that test I knew I was going to have problem on it. Well I didn’t pass test that year and when my dad saw my scores he was not happy at all knew that I had let him down. I felt disappointed in myself so and after that I had set a goal for myself that I would pass that test. Even though the Aims didn’t go to well that year I had made the horror roll for the first time that I had been in high school.

My junior year was 2006-2007. My junior was a greater year than the first two I was very involved in school. I was in almost all the clubs that my school offered such as Family, Career, Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) since my freshman, I was in year book, and Student council. I was a strait A student through the whole year. That year I joined National Horror Society with a GPA of 3.5. National Horror Society is for students that a have a high GPA. That year I passed my reading part of my AMIS, it was great! So after passing that I knew I had to set my goal for myself even higher.

With the difficulties I have gone through in my life I believe that students with learning disabilities should never be given up on. So the next time you see someone having a difficult at anytime what will you do to help them? Remember that no matter the outcome of your help the person will know that you didn’t give up on them.