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August 29, 2006
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Ok, I am a teacher. I don't know if I have said this before. I teach special needs. This year, we have all new administrators. They are very pro-inclusion, where our former administration was very anti-inclusion. This year we are changing to a full inclusion model. For the first time in my 23 years of teaching I will not have my "own" classes, but will be team teaching with a Math and an English teacher.

As part of the change in programming, they decided that all special ed inclusion teachers would share one classroom. We have 4 in the building. Unfortunately, since most of the other teachers are in the high school program and I am not, the room they put us in is in the high school section, as far away from the 8th grade wing as possible (8th grade is the lowest grade in the building).

At the end of the 8th grade wing there is an empty classroom that is used afterschool for the yearbook office. There is also an empty office in the high school section (more of a closet, but used as the yearbook office for years).

Today, I walked into the new principal's office and told her that the space we had for 4 special education teachers and 3 instructional aides was inadequate. I also told her that we needed a place closer to the 8th grade wing to take students that needed some one to one work or small groups.

I told her what we needed in the best interest of the students. I stood my ground and made my point with supporting evidence. I did not cower and hide (in light of what happened with the psycho principal we had last year and her false accusations about me and other teachers, mostly special ed). My arguements were successful. The yearbook will not be moved, but I will share the room with them and have space for tutorials.

August 29, 2006
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Confused:

WAY TO GO 🙂

August 30, 2006
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Confused:

Congratulations on standing up for you and for the interests of your students.

I believe that you must be a very special person to do such special work. You are an angel to those children!

Regards.

M & S

August 30, 2006
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Hi confused, I used to teach and have a degree in Special Ed. So I know EXACTLY where you're coming from. I actually had to leave teaching, not because of the students, but because the administration (who by the way spent no time in the classrooms) would tell me No for any suggestions I gave to improve my students' education that I knew was right for them.

Because of inclusion laws, I had to "team teach" or "co-teach" with regular ed teachers. It was always so hard, on both sides. I had my special ed kids' needs in mind, and of course my co-teacher had his students in mind, but yet we were forced to meld the two classes together and make them work.

I could talk about this subject forever. But I'll try to shorten it up and say, those of us who are in tune with these special students...for those of us who just intuitively know what each individual needs...it just seems in our time now we can fight, write letters, speak to supervisors, but instead of seeing our wisdom, they see the employee who makes waves. I wish it wasn't so.

I thought I would teach these kids for the rest of my life, but I was so disillusioned in my time teaching, don't ever think I can go back.

August 30, 2006
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WAY TO GO!

YOU GO GIRL!

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August 30, 2006
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Ok, so when there are rainbows there often are clouds too, right!

I get into school today and the janitor comes up to me and tells me that the principal has put the move that she approved yesterday on hold. I then run into another person who has stuff stored in the room I was supposed to move in and they tell me that I am not moving there.

So, NOW what do I do? I don't want to go to the principal (new) and become known as a complainer! I decide to just keep my mouth shut and not mention it at all until the end of the day if at all.

I walk through the office toward the Guidance Department. As I am going by the principal's office she calls my name and tells me she would like to see me. She starts the conversation by telling me that she would like me to serve on a follow-up committee for the workshop we had yesterday. I say that I will, but figure that her asking me this is just a way to soften the blow when she tells me I will not be moving.

To my surprise she tells me that I am going to move to the room that the Psycho-principal took away from me last year (a really NICE, large room!)

I guess I found my silver lining! This is the room I wanted all along! It is a GREAT room! It's BIGGER than most other rooms and it's cool on the hot days! I am estatic!

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