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I need some help!!!
Old 09-10-2018, 09:45 AM
 
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I have a student who is completely running the show in my classroom. There is absolutely no controlling her. She rides our small bus. There is often confrontations on the bus with her hitting other students, paras, and refusing to let a wheelchair-bound student exit the bus. I cannot use the classroom phone to call parents of the office due to her screaming and pulling the phone away from me. She will randomly hit other students for no reason. I'm called a b*tch all day long by her. She wants to go through drawers, desk, etc. I've tried implementing a reward system, alternate strategies for behavior management, etc. Nothing is working. I've finally gone to my administration once last week and today. They tell me to just have her leave my room. I have a para who is willing to take her out, but she refuses to leave the room. My principal kept her today after lunch. He then came to my room to get an iPad for her. She didn't earn her iPad today. The only thing that she has done all morning is hit teachers/students and swear at us. So, she is currently being rewarded for her bad behavior by getting to chill and play on her iPad. My question is what can I do? How much violent behavior and aggression and I supposed to put up with. My room is like a war zone. Other students are terrified. Nobody is learning anything. I feel like a complete failure. My LEA told them last year that this student was not going anywhere. This is my first year in this room, the teacher last year left. I don't feel like there is anyone I can ask for help here in my district. Please give me some good advice.


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Old 09-13-2018, 06:42 PM
 
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First of all, the main thing to do is to not feel like you’re a failure. You are trying your best to keep your cool in an untenable situation.

For this, you should be commended. But you were right, this is not a situation that you should have to endure and it is not one that your students should have to endure.

What you need to do is document everything. Duration of swearing, variety of swears, people that she’s directing the swearing towarsa, and frequency of swearing. Students that have started swear due to listening to her swear.
The types of aggression, the duration of aggression, the frequency of aggression and all of the other fun ABA information. Equipment damaged and/or broken. You get the picture.

If the student does not have a one to one, you need to file for one immediately.

Sadly the teachers are the last people to have a voice in their classrooms.

What you need to do is target your documentation to list the impact of her behaviors. If the student is injuring other students, document by taking pictures and writing narratives. Also, when you follow up with the injured students and their families, note that it was a peer that injured them. If possible follow up with nurse visit forms. If she injures staff, take pictures, fill out Workmen’s Compensation forms (even if there is no medical follow up needed- you are just documenting injuries), and have aggression reports filed.

If your team- I.e. SLP, OT, social worker, PT, supervisor, etc.- meet regularly, set up a meeting to brainstorm behavior protocols. Invite your principal. Set up a BIP and protocols that will be followed. Document and send a copy to the principal. In this case, it would be a win-win – either her behaviors improve or you were proven correct in that it is an inappropriate placement.

Once all of these things are completed, continue documenting. I had a daily updated google sheets with easily interpreted graphs that I showed everyone that would let me.

By this point, you should very easily be able to prove that the student is a negative influence on the well-being and functioning of your classroom.

Also by this point, other IEP meeting should be coming up. It could also even be the student in question‘s IEP meeting. At this point you can relate in non-specific terms for a classmate as to why their IEP goals may not have been able to be met due to environmental factors. If it is the student in question, you may have to have all of their goals on able to be met due to behavior.

As long as you compile a report that is shared regularly with your supervisor or principal, they should not be able to blame you for any student injurious incident. If the student is not able to meet their IEP goals regularly, then legally change in placement may need to occur.

I’m in a similar boat, but thankfully something happened and now they are forced to change the placement. I just wish that they had to take in my opinion and data into account before the crisis had happened. Best of luck that it does not happen to you.

If they are absolutely unable to change the placement then request that they called in an ABA specialist or an intervention team to help develop effective strategies for managing the student. If you can find ways for them to be more inconvenienced by her staying then by her leaving, it might just force them to take your side. Sadly, that’s how some schools are working these days.
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