Parent Observation

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  1. HistoryTeach4

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    This school year just keeps getting better and better.

    On Tuesday I got an email that a parent will be coming in to observe her child and her child's behaviorist, during my class period, in two weeks. I was finally able to speak with my principal about it because this was the first I had ever heard of this happening. Apparently it is in the child's IEP that the parent is allowed to do this. The rest of my class will be removed from the room.

    My issue is with the fact that I need to be there. If the observation is of the child and the behaviorist there should no reason for me to be there. I stressed my concerns to the principal who said that it was to see how the child interacted with the lesson. I then asked if I was included in this observation and the principal said it is just of the behaviorist. To me, if I need to be there facilitating the lesson and the parent is observing the interaction with the lesson I am also being observed.

    I went into the IEP to see where it is written, but I guess they didn't include that part on the online version in our management system. I requested that someone else be in the room to watch my back just in case the parent says anything. I do feel like I have a good relationship with this parent (I am one of the few who does not get constant emails and phone calls). I also know what this parent can be like and it scares me.

    I am so overwhelmed right now. This is the final weight that causes everything to crash down.
     
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  3. a2z

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    I don't see the problem. This is common place in my district for children with disabilities. Often parents will come and watch and every now and then they bring outside professionals to observe when the parent decides to do outside testing or therapies.

    If a parent can't watch how their child interacts, it makes it hard for them to really be part of the team.

    Unless your room is a special education only room, I'm surprised the other students need to leave. It would be best to see the child in the regular environment.

    Yes, you will be observed, but there is no reason why you should not be.
     
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    The only time that a parent was able to observe they had to jump through hoops in order to be able to do so. This does not happen in our school. Only professionals from the sending districts are allowed to observe. Parents are not allowed to observe (except in that one case). Our entire school is a special education school. I don't know where you live or work, but that does not happen here.
     
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    So... you are teaching a lesson to 1 student? This doesn't make any sense to me and would never happen in my schools. I would be very uncomfortable, too. Is it possible for other people to be in the room (i.e. the rest of the students? and EA?)
     
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    I have requested to have someone and was told I could. However this is two weeks away and that person could be pulled for something else. The other students can not be in the room for privacy reasons.
     
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    So the other students have to miss a day of instruction for this nonsense?
     
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    Seems to me that it would be important that the rest of the class was there so his behavior in the normal circumstances could be observed. Doesn't make sense to me. Of course, this lesson would be one on one and the student would get all the attention!
     
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    I would have to make plans for them, but yes they would miss out on my instruction.
     
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    If it only the child and the behaviorist, then it is basically just a regular appointment, just outside of an office environment. To observe behaviors, it would require the adult(s) and/or the children that trigger the behaviors that need to be observed, right? So, at least you have to be there, I would think.

    I have had special education case managers, psychologists, special education directors, and parents all observe at one time or the others. I was always present, as were the students who were assigned to the class.
     
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    I understand privacy concerns but my thoughts are that it is important for the class to be there to see how the child is in an everyday environment. I also believe that the children know who the child is if there is a behavioralist there so therefore why remove the students in the first place.
     
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    Go read the actual IEP. Ask that a union rep be in the room.
     
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    We do occasionally have parents come in and observe the various special education classes, especially when look at referring their students for new services, and we have occasionally had parents come in and observe their student in different parts of the day. But the part about removing the other students is *very*weird because, as others have said, it changes the whole dynamic between you and the student and the student and the learning environment and won't be a true reflection of the student's typical school day behaviors. It doesn't sound like anyone really wants to give you any clarification on what the purpose of this observation is, but I think your feelings that it's a little weird are right on. I don't think it's necessarily harmful to you in any way, just odd.
     
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    And what's the point of the parent observing when the child will most likely be on his best behavior knowing the parent's there?
     
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    So who's with them? This doesn't sound kosher.
     
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    I'm not blaming or even suggesting there is anything wrong in your classroom, but I actually think that unannounced visits are important, especially in high needs settings with high needs students.
     
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    I have no problem with parents coming in to observe. Or behaviorists. I have a huge problem with the rest of my students being displaced for the needs of one student.
     
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    This here. Everything in OP was reasonable until I read everyone else was being kicked out of class. I don't think an IEP is that powerful. What do the other parents think of this?
     
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    :agreed::anyone:
     
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    As I’ve always said, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.
     
  21. a2z

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    But the parent is part of the IEP team which means they should have access to see how the child behaves and interacts during the day.
     

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