We had Jenny’s big IEP on Friday. I counted 8 people there for our “side,” not including our principal, who had to be in and out of the meeting. By the way, most IEP’s have the teacher, the RSP teacher, and maybe one more person. The extra people at our meeting were the lawyer, the district program specialists, the psychologist, and others.
The meeting was scheduled to go from 9 till 12:30, so I needed a full day sub. It started with going over the year and seeing if she met all her goals, which she did. Her families lawyer asked me a few questions about Jenny’s abilities, but nothing too difficult. I don’t think there were any questions about her being difficult in a regular education classroom.
So after going over last year’s goals and Jenny’s accomplishments, we took a break and then went over her new goals for next year.
The meeting went pretty smoothly. No big arguments or differences of opinion. They agreed to reduce her time for math in RSP. The lawyer and mom even signed off on the new IEP, which they have never done without reviewing it and signing it at a later date.
Overall, the psychologist (who ran the meeting) and the principal were very pleased with the way the meeting went. They both said I handled myself well, but honestly, I only said a couple of things. We were all glad to get the meeting over.
Jenny’s annual IEP is coming up, and it’s a biggy. All the lawyers will be there, on both sides. People are already losing sleep.
Jenny’s mom insists on them once a month, just so she can see what’s coming up. My school uses it as a chance to see what’s going on with her, and to see what she’s worrying about. It’s rarely about homework, though I come prepared with what I’ll be covering for the next month. I think I was only asked once about it so far.
Jenny’s mom want to make sure Jenny’s aide reads the homework paragraph for Jenny before Jenny goes home. If there is enough time, that is. Mom wants to make sure the math is explained.
Funny, Jenny’s best subject is math. I would think mom would want to make sure the language arts is explained. But apparently Jenny gets frustrated easily when she’s reading the paragraph for homework. Well, you know what? Jenny, even with her autism, reads a lot better than at least a third of my students.
In a couple of weeks we have our second big I.E.P. with her parents and all the lawyers, and all the district personnel that comes with. I know our speech teacher is already losing sleep because of it. It will take about 4 hours. I have to have an all-day sub so I can attend. The RSP teacher is also getting stressed about it. The pressure is more on them, so I’m less worried.
Don’t worry. I’ll be plenty worried when the time comes.
Had an I.E.P. for Johnny today, first thing in the morning. In my experience, in an IEP, teachers usually sit and nod and say, “uh huh” from time to time. At that was true in this case.
We know Johnny’s mom was a bit high mintanance, so I think everything took a bit longser. And since I had a planning day in the morning, I didn’t have an excuse to leave early. It took about an hour, with a lot of explainations of tests.
Turns out the tests showed that Johnny has a lot of needs. He is pretty smart, but his language processing skills are very lacking. The poor kid. He’ll be getting about 2 hours a week of small group help with our Speech and Language teacher. He needs it, and it should really help.