Week In Review…


Last week was such a hectic week. I had three I.E.P.’s, report cards were due, I had to lead the discussion in my Methods class when I was riddled with bronchitis and out of breath, etc., etc.,

It was such a busy week. I am so glad it’s over! Oh well. On to next week. I only have two I.E.P.’s and parent conference. Good thing I get out early all this week. I’m happy about that.

So, until next time people!

Losing Man-Man!


When I spoke to my assistants about Man-Man moving to another school, they understood how sad I was to lose him. However, when I spoke to another teacher, she didn’t. She said that I shouldn’t feel bad; that I should move on.

I guess I really shouldn’t. Maybe he is in a better place for him. Maybe the teacher he’s with now, will do more for him than I could have done. Maybe all of my worry is for nothing. There’s nothing I can do about it. So, I’m just going to have to let it go.

Bye Man-Man!

More On My Plate!


Look what we have for you. Another student, and he’s in 2nd grade. From now on, you’re going to have 2nd grade as well.
Well, according to my APEIS (Assistant Principal in charge of Special Ed), my class is no longer called Upper Elementary Special Day Class (SDC). It’s now called a span class. I found this out when I got a new student on Wednesday, who’s in 2nd grade. So, not only do I have 3rd, 4th, & 5th, but I have 2nd as well.

My students are 7-12 years old. I feel like this is way too much on my plate. If all of my students were in the class, I would have 15 students. This may not seem like a lot, but consider that I have 2 who are non-verbal and Mentally Retarded (MR), one Other Health Impairment (OHI), among other things, to Specific Learning Disability (SLD).

One thing I need to gripe about the term SLD. There is nothing specific about it. You have to try to figure out what’s wrong with them and try to reach them.

You know what, even though I may seem to be complaining, that isn’t the case. I’m not complaining about my job or the children this time. I’m complaining about the powers that be, who think it’s okay to have children who are five years apart and in very different developmental stages, in the same class.

As always, I am doing the damn thing, but at what cost? Since I am a parent and have dealt with bullying in my own home, I knew that I didn’t want that in my house. So, I have made my classroom a safe haven where no one is allowed to laugh at anyone or make fun of anyone else. However, what if the teacher is not a parent or doesn’t think to do that? What if the smaller children were picked on by the bigger children?

There are just so many chances for things to go wrong, it’s ridiculous. I am a little mad about this, but what can I do?

Heartbroken!


I am heartbroken. One of my favorite students, Man-Man, has checked out and moved to another school. I am just torn up about this. He was just beginning to make progress.

When I first took over the class in November, he’d arrived just a couple of weeks before that. So, this will make his third school this year.

I feel broken up about this because I don’t know how his teacher at his new school will respond to him. Will he/she be what he needs? Will they understand him? If they don’t, will they try to understand him? Will they be patient with him like I was? Will his love of drawing be encouraged like it was in my class? Will the teacher appreciate his more than astute observations or will she shut him up, thinking that he’s being insolent? Will the environment be a safe haven, where the students are not allowed to laugh at each other, like it was in my class? Will he feel safe there? If not, how long will it take for him to feel safe?

If I had to choose a student to lose, it would not have been him. When things were slow, he would liven up the conversation with his knowledge that was quite impressive for someone who could barely read and wrote on a kindergarten level. I am really going to miss this kid. I am going to call his house (if the number is the same) tonight to see how he’s doing and wish him well.

Bye-bye Man-Man. You will be missed!

Midnight Thinking!


What is midnight thinking? Well, it is a term I made up (although I’m sure someone else thought of it also) when I was thinking about how you think that an idea is so brilliant. At midnight!!! That is, until you wake up the next morning and try to read it. You’re like, what the hell did I write? It makes no sense now, but last night it was brilliant.

confused-look.jpgWell, it really wasn’t. You were just sleepy, typing with one eye open. Yeah, that’s me. I have been doing a whole bunch of that lately. Hopefully I’ll catch up with my work and not have to do too much midnight thinking or writing.

Now that you know, you can sleep better, right? Well, I know I will.

So, until next time people!

The Day Is Over!


I did not want to go to work today. My hair was crazy. I had nothing that I wanted to wear. I was grouchy, etc., etc.
I am so happy that the day is over. I was actually having nightmares about going to school with my hair sticking straight up. My hair looks so crazy from a week of being sick and laying on the couch. I really need a hair appointment.
First of all, I did not think that I would make it through the day. When you’re looking forward to the end of the day when it’s 5:30 a.m., that is so not a good sign.

But, I am out of work, I am out of class, and at home. On that note, I am on my way to sleep.

So, until next time people!