Friday, December 18, 2009

I Would Have Gone




Joe's IEP conference is today and as much as I hate going to these things, I would love to go to this one. Joe is a great kid but totally out of his league in mainstream classes. His reading and math levels are below that of a fourth grader. Even with this, he managed to pass English and History (which make me wonder about the level these classes are being taught on.) Joe's resource room teacher asked me to attend, only I can't. I teach the period the conference is taking place.

I asked the resource room teacher to have the parent stop by and see me before he leaves. I want to tell him about Joe's frustration in my class, the conflicting information I found on the IEP and the fact that I never even saw the IEP until December 7. I want to ask him if Joe's other teachers have the IEP (I only got it because I persistently asked for it.) I want to ask him if there really is an individual plan in place to help Joe succeed.

3 comments:

Steve Phelps said...

Everything revolving around IEPs frustrates me to no end. You wonder what level your English and History classes are being taught at because Joe passed. In my school, I wonder who in the resource room is doing the work for the kid.

I have stopped by the resource room on many occasions to check on one of my students who is taking a test over there, only to find one of the teaching assistants explaining how to do one of the test problems on the board.

Makes me wonder what a grade for that student means.

Pissed Off said...

I have stopped by the resoruce room and found one of the teacher doing crossword puzzles and playng on the internet. Another one, long retired, used to sleep in class while the kids did nothing. I guess explaining a test might be better tnan what these yo yos do.

Steve Phelps said...

When you put it THAT way...