Preventing Early Learning Failure

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“JIMMY”:
THE POWER OF PARENT-
TEACHER COOPERATION

Bob Sornson

After 22 years of teaching and the experience of raising four sons of her own, Mrs. Peterson still loved every day in the classroom. She had taught every grade from K through 5, but 2nd grade was her love. The sparkling eyes, developing skills, and emerging awareness of the 7- and 8-year-olds filled her with fascination and awe. Serving these children gave her the deepest sense of satisfaction, and this year one boy needed special attention.

Mrs. Peterson watched the group of boys intently as they raced around the playground. Jimmy’s blue jacket was open and it flapped as he ran. Two boys ran after him, yelling, with angry looks. Mrs. Peterson sighed, then started walking out to meet them.

Jimmy was fast and all the kids knew it, but this time Josh and Jacob were persistent. Jimmy slowed down long enough to turn and yell.

“Suckers,” he called. He hadn’t noticed the agile stride of Mrs. Peterson as she walked along the outside wall of the school. He turned to resume running, and she was there.

“Hi, Jimmy.” She took his hand.

Josh and Jacob continued to run toward them, and Mrs. Peterson continued to hold Jimmy’s hand. These boys weren’t exactly angels, either.

Reprinted from Fay, J., Cline, F. W., & Sornson, R. (2000). Meeting the challenge: Using love and
logic to help children develop attention and behavior skills
. Golden, CO: Love and Logic Press.
Copyright © 2000 by Love and Logic Press.

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