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  #1  
December 21st, 2007, 09:39 PM
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How prepared are you to be your child's advocate? Are you comfortable with the special education process?
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January 2nd, 2008, 08:20 AM
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I think I am pretty prepared, but other than 1 snafu, we have never had too many problems with our CSE
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January 3rd, 2008, 03:33 PM
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That's great. Some parents have so many difficulties and even as a special educator, I feel weird going into IEP meetings about my own children. Sometimes I feel ganged up on.
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January 4th, 2008, 06:56 AM
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Sometimes, I do too, especially since the district pyschologist that we work with is a real @ss and some meetings I wish I could just punch him. I can't of course, but sometimes I feel better just picturing it. The rest of our committee is really great though.
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January 6th, 2008, 12:56 PM
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Hello all...

I am new to this forum. I do not have a child with special needs but I do teach a class of special needs students...for the most part they have significant delays. I really feel for my parents who feel overwhelmed with the ARD process (aka IEP meetings). I try to explain things to them in a way they will understand and I encourage questions as much as possible. I consider myself to be an advocate for my students. I wish more teachers took this stance but many feel intimidated by the system.

I hope I can interact here with some of the parents here (hope I am welcome)....because I really do love my students and my job. I don't think I am a perfect teacher...but I am ALWAYS looking out for my students welfare and rights....

Marcella

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January 6th, 2008, 07:36 PM
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Hi! I'm a teacher as well of students with LD and have a dd with LD and a ds with MD. You sound like a great teacher.!
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January 7th, 2008, 06:57 AM
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Of course you are welcome here. We would all appreciate any thoughts and advice you could give us.
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January 10th, 2008, 08:08 AM
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Thank you all.

Right now I am currently on maternity leave but will return to work at the beginning of Feb. I miss my students very much but am anxious about leaving my 3 month old at daycare. I hope that the teacher there will love my son and just do her best with him. Teaching extremely vulnerable students is something I can relate to. Again, I don't think I'm perfect...but I love all my students and I try to treat them the way I would want it done as a parent.

I look forward to interacting with you all.

Marcella
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January 14th, 2008, 09:58 AM
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Congratulations. I definately understand not wanting to leave your 3 month old at day care. I went through the same when I had to go back to school and work and had to put our 8 week old in daycare. It was rough. Have you checked out the working mommies board? I haven't been around too much lately as my dd has been sick, but its a nice board.
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