From N's teacher:
He did it! He read to me this morning and decided to read to the class after recess. When that time came he didn't want to do it, he hid in the closet, crouched down, etc. so rather than negotiate I asked someone to guess what N's dinosaur was. When R guessed t-rex, N stood up, put down his paper and said, "yes!" So I asked N to tell R one fact about the t-rex, he did. Then N called on different students and read to each one of them a new fact. It wasn't exactly the way we envisioned it, but it worked and he was very comfortable with it. It also made him stick with the schedule and didn't allow for the schedule to be postponed over and over as has happened before. He was able to be diverted from his anxiety quickly and didn't need to get the other students involved (as he did with the poetry practice trying to get the class to cheer him on, only to not follow through) which is a good improvement. He didn't want to take questions but told the class they could ask him later if they had any questions about his dinorama.First of all, isn't his teacher awesome? I love her.
Second of all, I do realize that hiding in a closet isn't "typical" behavior, and that yeah, that probably means there's still a ways to go. But it's a shorter way than it was yesterday, so I'm choosing to consider it a victory. A triumph, even.
Either way, there's definitely a Like It size ice-cream in my child's near future. Maybe even a Love It.