“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ~George Bernard Shaw

We need to get past this horrendous progress report. I did some research and learned some more about the report itself. Knowing the teacher was in deep-do-do on many fronts, I decided to be a slim modicum of nice. I sent this to him and his supervisor.

I am trying to understand the progress report better and have spoken to various people.

Under the title “Current Performance Level: What can the student currently do?” are paragraphs of information having nothing to do with my definition of “current” (i.e.: now). Is this correct? I do not know who wrote those words, I can only assume the teacher did since he “signs off” on this part of the document, but now it appears that the teacher does not write the “current” information found here. Correct? Even if this document is based on an old IEP, “current” is, well, “current” or “now” or “present,” no?

So this progress report, dated April 8, 2011 by the teacher, has under “current” things that the teacher did not write (nor correct nor refute) and, in fact, contains things that Pearlsky specifically does NOT “currently do” (or in this case, are not done to her). I get that the “goals” may have come from an old IEP, and that is a human error kind of thing, but I don’t get how the “What can the student currently do?” can possibly be anything other than “THIS week” or “THIS month.”

If, in fact, you did not write those words, I wish I would have been informed of this earlier. Please let me know. I would also like to know why those words are in there without being addressed, refuted, or corrected. And, quite honestly, if my definition of “current” is wrong, please tell me.

Of course, no response.

On one thing he definitely did write …

Pearlsky accesses her ‘yes’ or ‘more’ switch to communicate her want to continue an activity in 1 out of 5 opportunities.

What on earth does that mean? First, “her want”? How does anyone know. Second, what if 4 out of 5 opportunities she does NOT want to continue? If so, then she is getting it right 100% of the time, no?

I am traveling on business again this week. At last week’s meeting, which went very well I might add, I won a cookbook (don’t ask). So, while I am gone this week, can one of you make this Affogato and let me know how it is? Thanks.

2 cups fat-free vanilla ice cream; 2 cups espresso, chilled; 1/4 cup frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed; 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa

Scoop 1/2 cup ice cream into each of 4 tall glasses. Pour 1/2 cup espresso into each glass. Top each with 1 tablespoon whipped topping and sprinkle each with 1/4 teaspoon coca. Serve immediately.

Let me know.


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