“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.
By definition, “current” on an IEP is the last 90 days.
I hope they are going to rewrite this report. I’m equally tired of reports that have only a vague resemblence to my child. Although, our school has been excellent for the last couple of years. The worst is when doctors screw up and put info in your child’s file that isn’t his and then argue about taking it out.
Erin: FYI, it was May 2010, a year ago, that they were told what the restraints were never to be used again and were illegal, and they claim that they have not been used since then, even though the progress reports say they are “currently” being used. But what’s 90 days or 360 days between friends?
Wouldn’t they want to address the issue of the restraints posthaste, clarify that they are NOT being used, if it’s been deemed illegal? And…are you SURE it’s not still being done?
As for this, what did you call it, Affogato? (Is that Na’avi for “last dessert”?) You ask much of your readers, really you do SD, but I will do my best to accommodate your wishes and try this evil, devil-sent concoction. May the fates have mercy on me. Two cups of espresso? Oh Jesus.
I have made Affogato many times; it is delicious. My favorite variations include a shot of amaretto or a drizzle of orgeat, steeping mint tea in the espresso as it cools, gelato instead of ice cream or chocolate instead of vanilla.
And always real, homemade whipped cream.
While it isn’t a remedy for indifferent educators, it sure can make you (and Pearlsky) feel pretty good.
I so admire your patience and persistence.
I gained weight just reading that recipe.
If that’s your idea of nice…. Keep it up. Sooner or later they have to respond.
Why oh why has your head NOT exploded?
Your recipe sounds very much like the one my late mother used to make a sort of faux tiramisu. Just add a couple of layers of ladyfingers and you have it. It wasn’t bad at all; neither was her recipe for faux apple pie made with Ritz crackers.