What is the WORSE day you have had in SPED

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  1. Giggles1100

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    Ok I teach a life skills class, I had a really bad day. I am too embarrassed to post what happened right now and I know we will have bad days but I sure felt like a failure today. Tell me what bad days you have had then I will post mine.

    Somehow I feel misery wants some company to know maybe I am not alone.
     
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    Most worst in special ed this school year? The day the bus was 1 1/2 late picking up the children!

    I had parents calling and the children were confused and the bus company was whacked. It was nuts and not fun.

    My worst day ever? I would have to think about that. I think it might be the day that one of multiply challenged student got hurt and the mom blamed me and has continued to alienate the staff of 3 different schools. She still refuses to make eye contact with me and will snub my daughter if my daughter tries to talk to her daughter. The poor child loses.
     
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    After seven years working in special education (not all in the classroom), I have so many stories--some are funnier in retrospect but at the time, not so much.

    I was job coaching at the mall once, and one of my guys got on a city bus alone--and it was the wrong bus. He then proceeded to turn off his cell phone so no one could reach him. We didn't find him for three hours.

    I was working at camp once and no one told me I needed to supervise a young lady while she was in the bathroom (she seemed very independent). When I walked in to check on her, she was nekkid and her clothing had been stuffed into the toilet.

    I'm actually thinking of quite a few other situations, but none of them are fit to be posted here. :D Hope tomorrow is a better day.
     
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    The worst day I had in special ed happened 5 years ago. A kid jumped and fell. I send my assistant to the health office and no one came for an hour. When two people finally came the student was taken out on a stretcher. I was written up after that. The student luckily only had a broken leg. I was not rehired the following year at that school but I was so burned out and stressed out that I nearly had a nervous breakdown. I was really glad to leave the school. Terry G.
     
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    Ok well I feel a little better.We were working on kitchen skills today and my aide was out sick today and we could not get a sub, so we have practiced cutting with butter knives, we have gotten good with that and tried sharper knives today. 2 kids, within 2 minutes of each other fileted theri fingers to the point of needing stitches. I felt horrible. I was standing right there I told them to put their hands on the apple to hold it and BAM! they cut themselves. Oh well tomorrow is a new day I just hope they do not get infected. Thanks for making me feel a little better with your stories.
     
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    Knives TERRIFY me in cooking skills. I'm really good at letting my kids take risk in almost every other area, but knives freak me out COMPLETELY. Even stoves, ovens, etc. I'm very "risk-friendly" but the knives are just so frightening to me, I become COMPLETELY over-protective.

    A co-worker at my old agency was telling me you can buy a cutting glove for guys to wear--the knife will not go through it. I haven't really looked into it but maybe you might find it helpful?
     
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    Do not work without help!


    Giggles: I would not do work like that unless you have an assitant. It is really hard to keep an eye on everyone in a life skills class when you are working with knives. Next time have them to a review lesson or have all the kids doing something else while yu call them up one at a time to do work with the knives. I supervised a student teacher in a life skills class at my last school. He had the students woking on worksheets and had one student at a time come up to cut vegetables for a salad. You and the school could be liable for failure to provide adequate supervision for your students. All educators have to provide reasonable care in supervsiong students. In life skills having at least one aide is essential esp. if you are doing anything that involves an injury. In the future discuss with your administration how to handle this. Just chalk this up to a bad expereince that you can take stepsto avoid in the future. I know i sound harsh but if i were your supervisor I would probably be saying this to you. The safety of your students is the first priority over the curriculum. You need to assess your situation including a lack of sraff to avoid injury. In my classess I have changed my lesson plans at the last minute when i did not have adequate supervsion in my classroom. Hope you will not have inicidences like that in the future. Terry G.
     
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    Yes Teresa, I thought exactlywhat you said after it happened, see we have used knives before and it has not been a problem. My husband works for a food safety company and he brought me home 4 chainmail cutting gloves for my kids to wear. Luckily both kids fingers are better today, my aide is back and I only let one open cans today and I took the lids off before they poured the contents into the pans today, I was taking no risks today! :)
     
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    oh god did my stomach sink when reading that

    i only let one of my kids use a knife during lunch...and its one of those plastic knives (and he is super independent)

    in cooking class if we are cutting something i do hand over hand prompting
     
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    Good move! It always help to assess the safety of situations. If you have a sub aide that the students do not know you might want to make sure they do not use sharp instruments. Subs do not always know what to do1 It really sounds like that you are really looking at the safety of the kids in your room. I am re you are a very good teacher and I am glad that the kids, your assitant, and you are feeling better. A long time ago I and another bad day when I was a sub for special ed. I was working as a sub teacher in a class for kids with severe cognitive disabilities. One of the teenage girls threw off her clothes when she went to the restroom. I called the office and two female aides dressed her. That was hard but everyone said that things like this sometimes happen. Anyway I am glad you are feeling better and I did not mean to sound so harsh but I used to be responsible for the teachers at my last school. Terry G.
     
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    Oh, scary. I work with ED kids, so things get a little hairy sometimes! I've had kids show up drunk, high and both. I've had to stop fights, one boy put his fist through a window in front of me - glass and blood everywhere. I had one boy come to me (high) and tell me that he is wanted on felony drug charges. I didn't know what to do and found myself in the district office speaking to school lawyers, then being escorted home for the day (to feel safe)! I had one boy threaten to throw me across the room so I simply moved away and called the police! Crazy stuff man. . .
     
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    Oh, that reminds me of my first summer at camp--one of my directors was playing a chase game with a camper, and he ran THROUGH a sliding glass door that he thought was open. It terrified him, the director, and EVERYONE else, but luckily he wasn't hurt.
     
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    My first week of teaching ever, I taught an ED class, and one of my students had shot and killed another kid during a poker game, we had a staff meeting the next morning stating if we saw that kid we were to call teh cops ASAP, well the kid came to school and turned himself into me!
     
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    On a community outing, we decided to go see the premiere of Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban in the summer. All of my students are the age of consent to watch a pg rated movie. While waiting in line to watch the movie, we were interviewed by a local newspaper about our interpretations and what we wanted to see. I really didn't think much of this, but the same day the paper published our story, the special eduction directer was angry at my principal. I think that TOO many people over-react to Harry Potter movies (fantasy). I think it was because I had a few students who had parents with strict religious beliefs (I guarantee you don't want me to go into detail about my personal opinion of this BS). I sent out letters before we attended the movie and we were given permission from the parents. I think the school site where I teach over-reacted at that time. The principal where I teach isn't too thrilled with having students with autism at the site. I just wish more people involved in education need to understand that education isn't just general education students and mildly disabled. From what I have observed, they treat even the high functioning autistic students like they have ED. It's really a shame many people aren't familiar with this condition. Another bad day that occurred at work was when a parent of a student at the site saw me struggling with a student of mine. I wish more of these IDIOTS would stop interferring with teachers and staff who are not allowing these students to be in control. She went to the site principal and complained. He called my principal and he waited for at least two weeks before he informed me. I think it's really a shame that there are people who need to keep their personal opinions to themselves and not worry about what we are doing.

    Troy in Downey, Ca (I proudly embrace my own autism)
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    worst day in Special Ed

    After reading all of these stories, I have to share mine. It was bad at the time, but now I can look back at it with humor. I was a first year teacher hired to teach in the newly run district autism program. The program had previously been overseen by our local intermediate unit. Anyway, I had a student who had significant behavioral issues. Anyway, we were out on the playground and he hit someone twice. So, I called him to get off the equipment and go in for time out. Well, he flat out refused. I gave him to the count of three to come down or I would come "help" him down. He refused. So I climbed up on the equipment to "help" him down. We get to the ground and he is kicking and screaming. I am trying to calm him down. Meanwhile a crowd of kids has gathered around us. So anyway, somehow we rocked backwards and this child (who was very heavy) ended up sitting on my chest. I could not breathe. It was horrible. I went into my principal office afterwards and cried.

    Kate
     
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    I was 8 month pregnant-tired, grouchy, and feeling very large. One of my ED high school boys was doing something wrong and I asked him to stop. He still kept pushing and I lost my patience and yelled. Sure enough, that made him furious and he held a chair over my head and threatened to throw it at me. My other students freaked at the boy (especially since I was pregnant) and I ended up dealing with 6 hysterical students and no near by phone. Yikes! I learned (or relearned) not to yell in a situation that is already volatile.
     
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    tough lesson!

    That is the first thing you learn as an ED teacher. You should have had a phone or a walkietalkie. Did you have an assistant? That was a real freaky situation. Hope your childbirth was okay. Terry G.
     

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