Informal Observation?

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  1. Giggles1100

    Giggles1100 Comrade

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    Ok i am a new teacher at a school, but not new to teaching. I was told my class was largly ignored byt the administrators that as long as we did not cause a problem or ask for too much they kind of forgot our class was there. Well I have student with major behavioral problems and the teacher of that class last year was a first eyar teacher and did not want to cause a ruckus so she never reported ANY of his behaviors not even when he had her on the sofa trying to choke her.NOTHING was written up, this kid came from an alterantive school last year so he should have been written up. So twice this year I have had to restrain him the last time being last week and we had cops and every principal in our room, so now I am thinking I look bad, but they all said no it was good that I did that we need to record these events. Then all of a suddent today, and I love my princiapl she is VERY supportive of our program, just came into my room and walked around for about 2 minutes then left. Ikept on teaching , we were doing vocational centers at the time so every one was quiet and working which was good. I asked my lead teacher what she thought, she figured it was just an informal walk through for observation, they other teacher who is younger was like, uh oh that is not good. So now I am worried. I work hard with my class, and everyone has said I do more with my class than the last teacher and That I am doing an awesome job handling my behavior student, which I think I am he has blown up twice but I have diffused at least 12 other occassions that could have turned bad and gotten him to calm himself down, the principal does not know this just my aide and a couple of other developmental teachers.

    Should I just let it go, or informally stop by and say did you like what you saw or what, she is the principal that will be doing my annual review and observation. I am worried I LOVE MY NEW JOB and School.
     
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  3. Aliceacc

    Aliceacc Multitudinous

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    My guess is that she suddenly noticed your class and was curious as to what really goes on in there. So she walked in, saw you teaching and the kids learning. If it were me doing the informal observation, it would allay my concerns about the teacher, and reinforce my belief that the kid must have been seriously over the line.

    It sounds like you did fine!
     
  4. brett158

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    I wouldnt worry about it at all. If she only stayed for 2 minutes, I would say she liked what she saw!! If she didnt, she would have stayed longer and probably already said something to you!
     
  5. AspieTeacher

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    Giggles,

    I would suggest that you collect data on the most frequent behaviors that he demonstrates. If he is a kicker, biter, screamer, spitterr, object thrower, puncher. Have you determined most of the triggers for his behavior? I mean does it occur during the same activities, at certain times of the day, or during transition (changes to new activities)? Most administrators and other personnel will not BELIEVE the teacher without any form of data to back up the claims. Data collection is the most tedious part of the day, but it's the only way that we can prove why the student isn't able to function during actitvities. Make sure that you determine how frequent the same behavior occurs as well. If you have to restrain the student for any apparent reason, write up your rationale and explain what you did to attempt to de-escalate the behavior. Once all of the data is collected, you need to talk to the psychologist and have a Positive Behavior Intervention Plan put into place. This will help you with compliance as well as the rationale for "restraining" a student. You may need an adult behavior intervention specialist as well. Anything that you write, data collect, KEEP THE ORIGINALS and give only COPIES to others. DO NOT DESTROY THIS DOCUMENTATION, you'll never know if you're ever called for a "fair hearing" with the district.

    Troy in Downey, CA
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