Thursday - making a list and checking it twice!
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Bet you thought I was out of season by my blog title tonight! Nope, just checking through my list of students, getting ready to write new IEPs for all of them. Have to get it done by the end of this month since the situation is changing what they would normally get in school. I need to.know how many Speech, OT, and PT providers, how many guardians (not just parents, but also DHHR workers, Guardian's ad litem, etc.) and which residential facility staff members that need to attend. Then, I need to start opening the IEPs this weekend and call and send information to everyone. This is going to be a MAJOR project and I have checklists galore!
Fortunately, I don't mind doing it and find it a challenge to do a good TRUTHFUL job for my kids. You might think it obvious that it should be truthful, but you wouldn't believe how many of them look like works of fiction. I had a student who could not add 1+1 and get the same answer twice in a row even using a calculator and his IEP stated he could add subtract and multiply numbers through 20. He was one of my original reasons not to let my students use calculators until they could recognize an obviously WRONG answer if they push the wrong buttons on it. They are a great tool for kids and adults who make careless mistakes when doing math, but useless until they can understand the basics and recognize hugely unreasonable answers - even if they don't know the correct answer. For instance, adding 2 numbers less than ten should never result in a 3 or 4 digit answer. In fact, it is rare that I meet a student who even resembles the one described in their IEPs. I make it a rule to teach the students I actually get and work with them as they are to help them realize their greatest potiential. (Disclaimer - I imagine the teachers who get my kids and their IEPs say the same about them. Who students ARE in any given setting depends a great deal on the relationships they develop with the staff, and what they can do often depends on how you ask your questions and give your directions).
Anyhow, the big countdown is starting and will run through the end of this month.
Ended my day with PT and was able to leg press 175 pounds. I was only at 120 last week. My PT let's me adjust my weights and levels on the fitness equipment once they are that I know what I am doing. I always start with their suggestions but ask if I can increase the levels safely. I have been active on fitness equipment in gyms, fitness centers, or the Y since I was in my 20s. Even at my FATTEST - weighing in at more than 360 pounds - I swam and did strength training regularly. Being at least a little bit fit makes a difference when healing and recovery. Unfortunately it doesn't mean pain-free but does help reducing the pain when dealing with it, because you aren't afraid of a little discomfort if it results in better healing.
Have a blessed and peaceful day and remember today is weekend eve!