Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Language Stealers

My friend Jennifer Jordan shared this video today on facebook. I found it comical yet spot on in relation to what some of my close friends are going through. We're just starting this journey with Kendall. Just now in the throws of putting things in action. Everyday I am so thankful for the technology our sweet girl has at her fingertips. But I also know it will require more than just funds for the device and it written into her IEP. It will require everyone, EVERYONE in her life to embrace it too. But I feel optimistic today.

As a follow up to the last blog post...I'm still not sure what action to take. Taking Kamden out of her class isn't the message I want to send to him. I do want to take it to administration, and possibly suggest sensitivity training, but I doubt that will help much. It will be just one more thing the teachers have to add to their plate. She's someones mother, wife, friend, and has been teaching for over 20 years....I don't want to destroy her. Thanks for all of your supportive comments. Honestly, as I wrote it, I thought people may think "here she goes again!!!" But it is nice to know my thoughts aren't that far from the rest of the world (or at least those who read my blog!) People like her aren't going to go away.  If she hasn't gotten it yet, it's because she's not receptive to learning it.  I'm sure eventually I will come to peace with the fact that not everyone does.


Lindsey said...

As a teacher, you need to make sure that the administration knows about it. That is not okay for her to do that to the children and if she is doing that to your son who tells you who knows what she says to other kids that don't tell their parents. Write down the days that the instances happened that the yelling, shoulder grab happened and just tell them about it all. It is never okay for a teacher to do that to a student. 5th grade is a very VERY important and a big transition year. They need as much support that they can from their teachers to mold them for their middle and high school years. A teacher like this for other students can break them down and turn them away from school. Have Kamden go to the principal if he feels comfortable enough to.

Anonymous said...

I CANNOT believe this! I don't care if she is "someones mother, wife, friend, and has been teaching for over 20 years"...sounds like it's time for her to retire! I just hope that she hasn't been this way her whole teaching career! Jocalyn, you have a GREAT mommy gut instinct and you need to go with what it is telling you to do. I understand what you're saying about not wanting to ruin her and I can appreciate you giving her the benefit of the doubt. But, you have spoken to her personally and she confirmed what is absolutely ignorant and WRONG!! She had her chance to apologize for her words, learn from the situation, and try to make things better, but it doesn't seem that anything sunk in. I, nor anyone else can tell you for sure what we would do in this situation until it really happens to us, but I think I'd be marching myself straight to the principal's office and higher up if it wasn't taken care of IMMEDIATELY!! It is obvious that this teacher is extremely unhappy based on how she is acting and the words that are coming out of her mouth. The physical stuff is TOO MUCH also! I can see not wanting to make a big deal out of it or pull Cameron from the class because of what other children will think/say or how it will make Cameron feel, but since this all appears to be true, I WOULD NOT allow Brock back in that teachers classroom! Like I said, it's really hard to say this, not being in the situation, but I feel VERY strongly about this! Don't be afraid to take a stand, Jocalyn, make sure this never happens to Cameron or another child again! I'm right here behind you, Momma, all the I know so many other moms are too! Please let me know if I can do anything to help...listen, talk, backup, moral support, whatever, I'm here for you! Praying for you!

Take Care,
Stacey Danford