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Old 09-19-2021, 11:01 AM
 
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I support EL students in core classes for multiple grade levels in addition to having my own self contained classes. All of my self contained classes are different. In effect I have anywhere from 12-15 different classes to prepare for each day.

One teacher I support refuses to take any responsibility for “my kids” (they are our kids, they will always be ours - not mine or hers, we share them). She sends me stuff to modify, usually too late for me to manage to do it in time for class. This despite the expectation that it will be received by me with at least a 24-hour notice. We’ve gone around about this a few times - I’ve tried to be professional about it but she is quite disrespectful and today I received a demand for modifying for “my kids” and to “come prepared with copies” tomorrow.

No. I don’t work on Sundays. They’re not my kids, they’re our kids. And finally, it is not my job to make copies for your class. I’m not typically a “I do more than you” person, but I never can leave school before 6. I am so busy doing everyone else’s work that I have a hard time getting my own done. I am not adding the clerical responsibility making copies for your classroom.

Anyway, that turned into a bit of a rant, but what I really need is help constructing a nice way to say “no, I’m not doing that.”


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I would respond with by telling her you need more than 24 hours. She should be doing the modifying.
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Old 09-19-2021, 12:39 PM
 
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That is a hard situation. Would something like this work?

Thanks for sending that along. I am able to make those modifications, but not by tomorrow due to the late notice. Let me know if you would still like them done for Tuesday. As a reminder, I do need to know at least 1 school day in advance.

Or something like that....you don't need her sending you something on Saturday saying she gave you 24 hour notice.

Hope that works. Are you filling your P in? Should you bcc your P on this? I know every building is different.
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Have you made absolutely clear that 24 hours only applies to school days, and Monday assignments would need to be given by Friday morning? Just playing devil's advocate- I wonder if in her mind, sending it to you this morning was giving 24 hours notice.

If you have done that, I'd just keep it short and sweet and reiterate what you've already told her. I like pep's idea to offer to have those modifications ready to go on Tuesday, so you aren't just flat out saying no- you're sticking to your policy.

If your P is supportive, I'd consider looping her in. My P would be supportive of me in something like this, but I know everyone is different.

Also, I totally get it. I think *some* classroom teachers get laser focused on their class, and somehow, they forget that specialists are working with many classes and grade levels. In their mind it is "fair" for the EL students to be "just yours" because the classroom teacher has x number of other students. They think, "MissESL is only responsible for these 6 students while I have these 20 others." Except there are x number of students (probably way more than 20) in how many other classes/grade levels as well that they're not thinking about.

I have a teacher that used to refer to me as her sped student's "main teacher." These were students that were spending 30 minutes per day with me. I had to fight back on it every time she said it. She no longer says it- I bet she probably still thinks it- but at least she's smart enough to not say so anymore.
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I appreciate the suggestions. My principal believes that we all need to make nice with each other and does not get involved in teacher disputes. It’s a problem - I am not the only person having issues with this teacher.

The 24 hour notice is building wide for specialists like EL and Sped teachers. We have a building wide grading policy that outlines these expectations.

I like the way several posters came up with to say no - I get worked ill and have trouble being diplomatic, so I have written these down to use later! Thank you so much!


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Old 09-20-2021, 01:20 AM
 
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The classroom teacher is primarily responsible for the EAL/D students in the class. The specialist teacher is there as support.
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