Parent Observation

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  1. TrademarkTer

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    True, let them "walk right in, sit right down". They aren't really seeing how the child behaves and interacts during a typical day if it's a fake 1 on 1 session.
     
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    I have to admit, I think if I was asked to kick out my students for the sake of one like this, it would be a video day for everyone. The kids that were kicked out would get the same "instruction" as the one who got to stay. I'm surely not going to make up a special lesson for one kid and I'm not going to have the innocent bystanders miss out either. Let's see how much data the parent and specialist can get while the student watches a video for the hour.
     
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    This might be good to be clarified and probably on paper, that this is to have no impact on you, that you are merely the soul delivering the lesson.

    I hope it doesn't backfire on you as "you aren't teaching my kid right!".
     
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    Absolutely. But they're not getting an accurate picture with all of the other kids out of the room. That's the part that's weird.
     
  5. HistoryTeach4

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    I have read the parts of the IEP I have access to on the portal. I am told that is the whole thing. I see nothing that says anything about observations. I work in a private school so no union rep. I did ask for someone else to be in the room. I was told one of our paras would be there, but she is always getting pulled for other things.
     
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    My fear is that the child won't be able to concentrate.
     
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    And that is my fear.
     
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    This is a bit nuts. I have had a couple parents come in to observe before their child's annual IEP meeting, but the rest of my class definitely does not have to leave the room. Have you talked to admin about that part?
     
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    If the behaviorist wants a small observations between you and the child, I'm really not sure why a private meeting outside of the usual class time wouldn't work.
     
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    I really hope you keep us updated on this one, OP. This is one of the more bizarre things I've read about on A to Z.

    Like PPs, I have no problem with parent observations. I am not at all okay with an "observation" that isn't an observation at all but instead a contrived, unnatural meeting that requires the rest of my students to lose instructional time. If I had a decent rapport with admin, I'd be pushing back on this one. If I didn't think I could do that, I'd be getting the union involved. Something is really fishy here.
     
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    I have spoken to admin about the whole situation. I just get told it is what it is.
     
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    Wow, that's really frustrating! I'm sorry you're having to deal with this.
     
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    Some posters asked for updates so here is what happened.

    The observation happened. It was not as bad as I thought because the parent was really impressed with what I did. The principal honored my request to have another staff member in the room as well. The staff member they picked was unable to stay so my principal stayed for the observation. I felt bad for the student because his anxiety level was higher than normal. I also was not able to fill the entire class period because I am used to having 7 students to worry about instead of 1.

    Even though it did not go as horrible as I thought, I am still upset about the whole situation.
     
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    Congratulations on having done the best you could with what you had.
    How did your other students fare?
    Going forward, will you have any other times that this will occur? What would have happened if you had called out sick on that day? I just find the whole thing a bit strange. (not the observation, just the displacement of everyone else, and the observation being in a circumstance that is not what the real day is all the time.)
     
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    I'm glad it wasn't so horrible, but it's still a friggin' weird situation.
     
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    Glad to hear your observation went well. When I first entered teaching, observations always made me nervous, but over the years they were no big deal. Maybe it's because I've been observed so many times by so many different people that I eventually became accustomed to unannounced visits by superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, teachers, district office program directors, state department consultants and yes even parents. Of course, I would have preferred some advanced notice that was rarely provided. I even had to accept the fact that principals would forget their scheduled observations for my biennial evaluations only to appear unannounced at a later date! (Who cares that my last observation resulted in my last principal falling asleep while my students giggled quietly so as not to wake her up?) For me, observations are well, just observations.

    My view of observations by parents is probably is probably influenced by what I've was taught in college. For both public and private schools, parents are the foremost "customers" (i.e. they pay our salaries) and as such have the right to observe their children in whatever school setting they choose: in the classroom during a lesson with the entire class, in the cafeteria during lunch or even in the classroom with just the teacher. The reality is as primary stakeholders parents trump whatever personal views we might hold.
     
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    OP, what became of your other students during this time?
     
  18. HistoryTeach4

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    My other students went to the media center under the supervision of another teacher. This teacher is someone I have worked closely with for years so I am glad it was her. I gave them a simple assignment to complete.
     
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    This attitude is so wrong. Parents are not "customers" and they do not pay our salaries. At least in public school.
     
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    As a taxpayer I pay as much of my own salary as any parent does. Why no one ever considers this is beyond me.
     
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