Classroom Management Strategies and other Teacher Worthy Ideas
During my years of teaching in public schools, I noticed that there was an significant increase in 504 Plans and IEPs (Individualized Educational Program). I believe that these two programs after testing were well worth the time it took to put them together.
However, just because your child is on a 504 Plan, DOESN’T mean that he/she is being given the accommodations that will help him/her succeed to a higher level of academics. For instance, a student placed on a 504 Plan just means that their time taking achievement tests will be unlimited, but it doesn’t mean the teachers are using helping tools to enhance the students success. The student may not show any improvement in knowledge or change of behavior at all according to a certain plan.
If you’re a parent of a student who needs more than just “more time,” NOW is the time to get “all your ducks in a row” for the next school year. You must be vigilant in making sure that the school does its job and you know how to lead at home.
I just read a wonderful blog written by Dr. Mindy, that you should really read. If you even sense that your child is having difficulty, get yourself to his/her teacher or your local Guidance Counselor and “make some noise” to get them to become active to help your child. The teachers usually sense that a child needs additional help to succeed, but we can’t make up the forms and get the signatures! You and your doctor need to get the ball rolling.
I can’t tell you how many times I would share my concerns and observations to parents of my students or a child I have observed in our church, they would follow through with their doctor, and I was correct! I usually sensed ADHD/ADD, Dyslexia, Language based learning disability, and even just needing to buy and wear glasses!
One more thing, parents who are #Home Schooling their children, also must seek help. No one knows your child as well as you do!
Here’s the blog: