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|Fri, 03-26-2010 - 12:20pm|
Many of you know Cian's 1st grade school year has not been a fabulous experience. We requested an inclusion placement as we foolishly though an extra teacher in the room could only benefit him. Well, I was lead to believe inclusion meant invisible disabilities (ASD, Vision impairment etc) what it really means in this school is low IQ and moderate LD's. The class was so low they abandoned inclusion reading and math altogether and sent many of them directly to resource. Cian was too high in math so he has to go next door to reg ed math class.
All year we have had motivational issues where he just couldn't be bothered and especially with testing would answer anything just to get it done. Recent report card had him technically meeting standards for everything except creative writing (shocker...not) and reading (directly related to his testing as he is in fact a very fluent reader
This week I received this note from his teacher
"Over the past couple of days Cian has seemed to not put forth a real effort on any of his assignments. He just sits at his desk with his head down; even in specials (art, PE, Music) he is choosing not to participate. This is a real concern, especially with GCRT approaching. If you can think of anything that will motivate Cian to do his best,let me know. Thanks for your continued support."
I am raging over this as I have been beating my head against a brick wall about his lack of motivation with his teachers for TWO years. His Kindy teacher tried so hard and right when it was clicking it was summer. His current teacher is very basic and doesn't think out of the box at all. She is very test driven which is not what I feel is necessary with Cian. I know there a self contained setting (with pull in and push out for reg ed too) at Liam's school (K-2 so he wouldn't even be in Liam's class). But I sense a massive battle on our hands with his current IEP team. His case holder even feels Liam should be back in his homeschool as he's "so high functioning". She's just dealt with too many moderate-severe cases over the years.
I talked with Liam's teacher who teaches the 3-6 class and off the record she agreed it is at least worth discussing it with the sped facilitator. I just want what's appropriate for Cian; I sense he is becoming somewhat depressed over school; he's acting out more too.