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Old 04-01-2020, 11:10 PM
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I have definitely been frustrated with the inequity of the situation. Luckily, I've learned over the years to speak up for myself and I have a supportive P who actually thinks about things like equity of workload (this is the only P out of 4 I've worked for who has shown any amount of concern for this).

My sped director's expectations are ridiculous. District said repeatedly that online teaching did not mean sitting in front of your computer all day. Sped director wanted us to do live zoom teaching in accordance with our service minutes. Umm, that would require being in front of a computer all day. And it sounds like a nightmare- trying to coordinate different families logging on for their group at the same time every day, dealing with tech issues, background noise, etc. Classroom teachers have to do a 20-30 minute live community circle every day (which we now also have to attend). After arguing back and forth with the sped director finally my P put her foot down and said we're not doing that.

Still, I have to provide "specialized instruction" for all of my IEP goals. I finally got sped director to budge on the minutes being similar percentage wise to what gen ed is providing. Since the "school day" is now only about 3 hours long, it doesn't make sense that kids would have the same IEP minutes as they did with a 7 hour school day. I tried to make it as easy on myself as possible. Although I had multiple groups in each grade level, for right now I am doing one reading lesson and one math lesson daily and giving it to every student I have in the grade level. Once I see who is consistently logging on and doing the work, I may differentiate more.

I have 3 grade levels, so this is still 6 lessons per day. The classroom teachers are required to do a reading, math, and science OR social studies lesson daily. However, they can split it among the team. Most teams are having one person plan each subject, so really, they are only responsible for one lesson per day. I don't have anyone to split the work with.

We also have to continue doing all of our IEP paperwork and meetings. Documentation is even more ridiculous now due to the online setting and not being able to get signatures. I also have to document what I provide for students daily and if they do the work. Sped director also wanted us to continue progress monitoring IEP goals. 80% of my reading goals are based in DIBELS since during regular school we're required to give that weekly anyway. There is no way to do that online unless I can manage to get all 25 of my students to sign up for a zoom meeting with me and actually show up at the appropriate time.

Sped director seemed to think this was a totally reasonable expectation to do every single week. She thought she was "compromising" by then saying okay, do half of the caseload every week so you get biweekly data. BTW, no expectation that anyone else in the school continue to do DIBELS /any progress monitoring, and end of year benchmark testing has already been cancelled. I worked it out with P that we will try to set this up ONE time at the end of the year to get accurate data for IEP progress reports. For the rest of the time I will keep some "progress notes" based on what the kids send back to me but not do face to face testing.

As for the person that texted you and asked you to provide work, I would flat out say no. It's very likely this person has no idea the amount of work you're doing. I would explain what you have to do and say that you don't have time for extras. They may even be assuming that non-classroom teachers aren't doing any teaching right now .

I have been SO busy this week. The past several days I have not even stopped to eat anything until 8-9 PM at night. Part of the issue is that I also wasn't familiar with any of the tech platforms we're using- they didn't make sense in my pull out setting before. I would never pull a kid out and stick them on a computer. I had to learn all of the platforms/apps since I have multiple grade levels. I'm hoping now that I have the hang of using everything that it will get easier. I certainly can't keep up this amount of work for the next 2 months.
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