Year: 1998-1999
Month: December
Leader: Group E

Situation/Case Study:

I'm just frustrated with special education students with similar problems. That is the piecemeal return of work from IEP students. How much extra time should kids have? They do not meet the due dates. Resource teachers keep asking for more time and don't seem to be helping keep kids on time. Kids get to leave to have someone read tests to them. So many kids are labeled-it seems like 90% are one thing or another. Parents keep asking for accommodations. Disorganization is passed on to others. Dependency develops. Teachers do too much. I had one parent ask me if I know anything about gifted children like I've never had any experience. There is no respect for teachers. I'm very concerned about student responsibility and who is teaching students about it anymore.

A teacher might feel: 1. limited by the system and parents in conflicting with his own philosophy on the issue and teaching specific students. Where’s the administrative support? What is the value of independence? 2. frustrated with the system of labels that are put on students. 3. expected to do things that he feels are enabling the child. 4. pressured to allow the child extra time for special needs that the teacher does not feel he has. 5. part of a system that they are not part of. A system that helps a child develop their skills. 6. frustrated in this event. Who draws the line and where is the line drawn for this child. Students need to be held accountable.
7.conflicted because they don’t want to feel like they have to hold the student’s hand and walk them through life. 8. angered with the parents because they are not helping their child by finding the easy way out of situations. 9. frustrated because he/she continues to encounter this similar problem. 10. conflicted between doing what he/she thinks is appropriate and what the parent/case manager thinks is appropriate. 11. upset with parents that they are not following through. 12. angry– shouldn’t everybody get help? 13. stuck in an awkward position. That responsibility is a learned behavior; hence I still believe that one should not do for others what they have the ability to do for themselves. 14. frustrated that the student found a loophole in the system to have someone else do his work for him. 15. frustrated and pressured by what seems to be manipulation by the system, by a parent, and by a student taking advantage of it.

Theories behind practice:
Special Modifications. Parental Communication. Parent Advocacy for Student. IEPs. Dependency. Special Needs. Locus of Control. Self-directed Learners. Results oriented Learning. Student Responsibility. Proximity Control. Consequences. Special Education Law.

Impact on others:

Prime focus was on discussion of student responsibility. The group talked about special education law versus common sense. We need to help students come up with skills to solve their own problems, to bridge the gaps. What if I let the kid fail? Is that worse than enabling the child? When students have the ability to do things on their own, they should not be helped beyond getting started.