Saturday, December 20, 2008
IF: Listen To Your Inner Voice Even If It's Ranting
I started this journal page early in the week, in response to Crafty Amigo's heart challenge, (that's me, of course, the Queen, can you tell?) but it's evolution took so long that it also fits the Saturday Workout magazine challenge. I was very frustrated over my possible schedule next semester. I was told that the administration at my school is considering collapsing my writing classes because of the high failure rate among the resource students in the area of math. Apparently, they need to create more math classes for these kids to retake the math class and earn a math credit. I realize that math is important, but how many kids with learning disabilities in math are going to use math in their professional lives? Exactly. But they'll all need to be able to communicate effectively in writing. So, I stewed in my own juices a few days, hoping that good sense would prevail and these people would approach me to discuss the value of the Writing class, but then, big surprise, I was unable to keep my mouth shut. At least I'd had time to cool down, when I went to my department chair to present my case. She agreed to TRY to keep one writing class, but she couldn't guarantee me anything. At this point, I don't even know what I'll be teaching On Jan. 3rd, and I won't know until Jan. 2nd. How effective can I possibly be, if I have no plans nor materials for these students who already have enough challenges and need a highly modified and individualized curriculum? Sometimes I'm glad that I'm nearing retirement because I think we've gotten too far away from doing what's in the best interests of children in special education. What's "special" about imposing regular grade level curriculum at the regular pace, using the same teaching methods used in regular education classes, upon students who have clearly demonstrated needs for individualized instruction? I'm sorry for ranting about something that can't possibly interest you and for being so negative, but I am irritated!