A Preview in Special Education

Week of October 17th

Let's be solution-driven!

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
Abraham Maslow

There is no other option...

I have always felt that teaching is not and has never been a profession. Teaching is a calling, which is why so many teachers quit within the first three years. They looked at teaching like it was a profession: a profession in which provided a good, decent pay and summer and weekends off. But that is not teaching.

Teaching is looking into the eyes of a student and saying, "There is no other option." To a teacher, the word impossible is spelled incorrectly; yet it should really be I'm-possible. Teachers see potential where everyone else sees impractical. A teacher shows up early, leaves late, takes work home, and doesn't mind making that phone call to a parent saying, "Your child had the BEST day!"

The term teacher implies that one simply teaches; but we all know that there is more than just that. You guys continue to inspire. Last week I quoted Helen Keller: "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." And though I have all the admiration in the world for Helen Keller, I have even more for Johanna Mansfield Sullivan Macy, who refused to believe that deaf and blind was Helen. She did the unbelievable, the impossible, the miraculous. No, she did not simply teach Helen, she inspired her. Inspire your students, fight for them, gnaw and scratch and kick and scream for them, and you, too, will inspire them as you inspire me!

Shout out to our birthdays this week!

Terri Bamonte is celebrating a Birthday on Sunday, October 23rd---
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU SONG — HappyBirthdayDogs.com

Upcoming Meetings

There are not many meetings occurring this week... let's just say it's the calm before the storm :)

Mon, Oct 17 - Side-by-Side Admin Observations (with Jinni Friend) @ 8:30 am - Wedaman, Burnette, Hart, McMillan, Stephens, Ruth, Bykalo, Morabito, Wisdom, McCaffery

Mon, Oct 17 - SLO @ 12:30 pm - Wedaman

Mon, Oct 17 - SLO @ 1:30 pm - Burnette

Tues, Oct 18 - IEP @ 8:00 am - McMillan

Tues, Oct 18 - PC Meeting @ 9:00-12:00 (Gantt out of the building)

Wed, Oct 19 - MINT @ 7:00 - Burnette, Hart

Wed, Oct 19 - Special Education Team Meeting @ 3:00 pm - EVERYONE

Thur, Oct 20 - IEP @ 9:40 - Morabito

Thur, Oct 20 - SLO @ 11:00 - Stephens

Thur, Oct 20 - CPI Refresher @ 12:00 - Please see me if you have questions

Fri, Oct 21 - IEP @ 7:30 - Stephens

Fri, Oct 21 - SLO @ 12:30 - Ruth

Fri, Oct 21 - SLO @ 1:00 - McMillan

NRES Special Education Website

We have a new site that provides you access to all of our documents for IEPs, scheduling meetings, etc. Please be sure to check the site as any and all updates will be available. Furthermore, be sure to keep your eyes on the calendar to see upcoming events.

Progress Monitoring

"They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." I have intentionally kept my distance from all of you with regards to how you all are progress monitoring your students. As I have stated many times before, our goal is to get all of our students out of our classes. When you look at your student, you should think, "How can I help you help yourself to have life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?"

At this point, it was my hopes that you have become a student of your students (Manny Scott). You have learned them, studied them, and could make straight A's on them. Now, it's time to teach. I'm not saying that you all have not been teaching and working towards your students' goals; however, now it's time for full-blown, all-out teaching like there's no tomorrow.

The first 9 weeks end on October 20th and report cards go home on the 27th. Be sure that you have the necessary data on your students to articulate to their parents regarding their progress this first 9 weeks. Be Honest! I know that you guys have been teaching your tails off and building those relationships, now is the time to illustrate it. If you have questions regarding what should go home, please see me before Wednesday, October 19th.

On the Horizon

All of the Assistants have received their students' IEPs with the purpose of understanding goals, services, accommodations, etc. Be on the lookout for a meeting to be scheduled in which each classroom team will meet to go over their students' IEPs while also discussing their methods of helping the students to achieve their goals. It will serve as an In-House Data Team.
Special Services Google Site

If you need help with Enrich or anything dealing with Special Services, you are sure to find it on the Special Services Google Site.

Rise Up

I listen to this every day... I just want to share this song with you all (I'll try not to do this too often ;)
Andra Day - Rise Up [Official Music Video] [Inspiration Version]