So here's the sitch. The other day, I got a call from my super low funtioning student's "service coordinator". From what I understand, she's appointed from some agency to oversee all of his related service and educational things... I don't really know. Anyways, she wants to have a meeting w/ me and his mother to discuss if he should be attending our school.
04 October 2008
To be honest, I think he would be better in a more intensive school. I can't give him the attention and behavior therapy that he needs all day. He's at a VERY different level than the rest of the students. BUT, that's not what I'm *supposed* to say. Because it reflects badly on our school if we're unable to accomodate him.
My principal told me to go with my gut and to just say what I thought during the meeting, but I know she doesn't want me to say it. The "unit coordinator" at our school is also sitting in on the meeting to give her input and whatever. She's been in my class for a total of 10 seconds this year, so she can't have much say really.
So the huge moral dilemma is, who am I working for right now? Am I working for the school or for the student? My gut instinct in this case is to tell the truth... that I don't think we can meet his needs and that he should be in a separate school. I don't want to be on my principal's bad side, but the second that I stop doing what's best for the kids is the second I stop really doing my job, right?
Who knows, maybe nothing will even really come of this meeting. It's going to happen sometime this upcoming week.... so if any veteran teachers out there have any advice as to how to not make my school look bad, but also to get this student the education that he is legally entitled to? Ideas ideas?
As told by Miss Adventurous at 9:02 PM