What can I do?

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Registered: 07-12-2004
What can I do?
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Mon, 08-30-2004 - 12:16am
I am in a new situation at work this year. I am working in a very large classroom with another regular ed teacher and a special ed teacher (inclusive classroom). The special ed teacher had twins last November and quit her job at the school where she was then. She returned to work this year only because her husband was injured and can't work right now. We have been in school for 2 1/2 weeks now. It is a big adjustment for all involved. The other regular ed teacher and I have known each other for years and get along well. The special ed teacher is also nice, but she is kind of an outsider (being new to our school). Before the school year started, we talked about what subjects each of us would be responsible for doing the majority of the planning. Then we would all get together and talk about how to execute the plan (accomodations, etc.) Well, since school started, the special ed teacher has not been in the shared room much. She has an office next to us, so she isn't far, but she's not in the room. She is usually grading papers. She does come in for the subject she is "responsible" for planning (although we are all supposed to be responsible for the actual class). She says she plans daily, so she can't tell us ahead of time what she is going to do. Although we have planning scheduled together, she is rarely there. She had to go to two meetings last week. She also missed a day of work last week. So, she was only there two days. Of course, the meetings were not her fault. The other regular ed teacher started complaining about her. She said we should talk to the principal about her. I told her I wanted to see if things settle down because it is an adjustment. She went to see him anyway and he called me in to ask me what I thought. He said he was going to sit us all down tomorrow and talk to us and he seemed kind of irritated with us all. He started criticizing the way we are doing some things, even though we have no choice right now. I feel like I am in the middle. He holds the other regular ed teacher in high regard, and I feel like he will support her. I know the special ed teacher has a job to do, but I also feel bad for her. She is at a new school, in a new situation, and I know she grades papers all the time because she has two little ones at home. I just feel like I'm going to be walking into a battlefield after tomorrow.


Edited 8/30/2004 12:21 am ET ET by happy_chick2004
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Registered: 03-24-2003
Wed, 09-01-2004 - 8:22am

I agree. You're stuck in a mess right now. Since the principal is involved, I think you have to be as honest and realistic as possible. Tell him the truth about your feelings and how you see the situation.

Sherry