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Old 10-18-2020, 03:27 PM
 
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I saw your original post and hesitated to answer but since you're asking again:

First, it sounds like your child is in a special ed. class full time. Providing small group instruction isn't required by law because the class itself is already small.

Second, your child is still quite young. Kindergarten via Zoom is challenging, and when those children have special needs it's unbelievably difficult teaching them. Please have some sympathy for the position she's in. I agree that she should be doing more direct instruction but there could be things going on that you're not aware of, including directions from her administration or supervisor.

Regarding IEP goals, she may be teaching prerequisite skills. Or she may be teaching skills that other students in the class have as IEP goals. Your child might just happen to have goals that correspond to work later in the year compared to others in the class. She may also be counting on getting back into in-person teaching to cover many of the IEP goals. IEP goals are for the whole school year.

I'm answering as a special education teacher whose own children, now grown, had IEPs. I know how stressful it is to raise a child with special needs but I can tell you that teaching special ed via Zoom is hard! Please do what you can for your child but keep in mind that teachers that are 100% virtual know that every student, from the highest to the lowest, is getting a different education than they normally would. I know that you're genuinely concerned, and maybe she should be doing things differently, I don't know. But in my school we know that we're going to have a whole lot of catching up to do when the world finally returns to normal.
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