Thursday, May 2, 2013

How Many Days Until Summer?

I am just trying to keep my head out of the water right now. Big projects are due for two classes this Saturday and work has been super stressful. I can't really put it into words, and it's really confusing if you aren't a teacher, but I sat through 19 transition meetings for students going to Kindergarten. I had to type multiple reports and complete lots of assessments. My final meeting yesterday didn't pan out how I wanted it to. It is so sad that parents don't know how to be an advocate for their child with special needs. I can only do and say so much, and they ultimately get the final say. I was told from a school psychologist that special education would be a disservice to this child (pretty much my job isn't important). I understand LRE and the importance, but there is a time and place for students that need additional support for them to be successful.

Last night after the meeting, I went for a 3 mile run to try and calm down. I have been typing a report since last night about why I disagreed with the disability category. The more I type, the more fired up I get. This poor student is going to get no additional support in Kindergarten and he doesn't even understand the concept of counting and can't label any letters (and has been receiving interventions for a year!)

Sorry for my rambling. I just don't get it. I am so disappointed and can't stop thinking about it. Hopefully tomorrow I will be back with happy thoughts.

xo, Erin


  1. I completely understand where you are coming from, while I am not teaching now my degree is in Elementary/Special education and I have a sister with special needs. The major issue is parent awareness of what their children need and the services that can be provided for them. I have considered not going the teaching route and just doing parent awareness seminars for parents with children with special needs to help them understand what they are entitled to. I am glad to hear that it does bother you and that you care, because unfortinutely a lot of teachers dont these days. Keep up the fantastic work :)

  2. I am so sorry to hear this! You must be so frustrated. I hope things get better for you.