Saturday, February 11, 2006

How to deal with this

So sorry for my absence. I've been overloaded with responsibilities the last two weeks, and I've not had the energy once home to write about it.

They got it wrong. February is the cruelest month.

I have a psychotic student. I'm not exaggerating, the boy is on enough pills (including anti-pyschotics) to stock a small pharmacy.

Still, I could deal with him and his staple chewing if his mother and his "educational therapist" didn't expect me to answer their every demand. They are taking up 2-3 hours of my time a week, with their phone calls, emails, meetings and what they are requiring me to do for this student. Who, by the way, isn't even classified Special Ed... he has a very limited 504 plan, which I follow... no wait, which I go far above in my accommodations for this troubled kid.

It's mostly this, plus a rotten cold that had me in bed by 8:30 most nights, what's kept me from writing these past few weeks. I have asked that he be removed from my class, something I've only done once before in my nine years, simply because I can't deal with the adults involved. For a full week now, mom has decided to "think about " it. And he's still in my class, and his "educational therapist" keeps calling me with questions like "could you read his vocabulary words to me over the phone? He doesn't have his textbook."

I cringe when I see the red light blinking on my classroom phone, I cower when I open my school email account.

This isn't right.