I am an ESE teacher at a center school all my kids have IEPs
and between 5 and 8 goals that I am supposed to work on over the course of the
year. Now I am being told I must create a caseload in Desk Top and keep
progress daily on each of the goals which I conservatively estimate will add
about an hour’s worth of work a day. Twenty-two
children sixty-five or so goals to daily update.
(just a messenger for the district) said, well some people weren’t keeping
data. I replied, well when one of my students makes a mistake, I explain to
them what they did wrong and the expectations going forward, I don’t make the
whole class do an hour’s worth of busy work from here to eternity. I received a shrug for a response.
you know because the last few didn’t cause us to do enough busy work. I said,
you know, I write lesson plans for me and was told, no I should write them so
anybody who comes in could pick up with little effort what I was doing.
little effort what I was doing, because nobody knows my kids or have built
relationships with them like me. But you know, teaching has become less and
less about relationships and more and more about paper work admins can look at.
center school. Center schools used to be difficult to get placed into because
they were a last resort. Well not anymore as I have received three new students
in the last week, one after just three works at their school and the other
after five days. One of the students legitimately should be put in my room, the
other two not so much. They lean more towards emotionally disabled than intellectually
disabled. Their problems lean more towards physical and emotional outbursts
than not being able to do academics.
the babies I have in my classroom who can’t defend themselves against aggressive
attacks. The district is dumping kids who have no business being at my school
let alone my classroom because they don’t want to do the work and put plans in
place and it’s both a shame and unethical.
I thought could benefit from a student focused para. I collected data for six
weeks where we attempted multiple interventions and then I filled out the
paperwork to get them a para.
because if a kid does that they can now be staffed out quick. I plan to write a
letter to my principal and the ESE department outlining my concerns and then
like every day roll up my sleeves and do the best I can despite the deck being
increasingly stacked against me and my students but if they hurt one of my
babies, I hope their parents sue the *&$% out of the district and they use
the letter as exhibit one. It’s reckless on the part of the district and it has
a good chance of getting someone hurt.
Note: I did some minor edits that did not affect the points made because I didn’t want the district to come after the teacher, likwise I share many of their concerns. -CG