Parents are a vital part of the IEP development process, yet how often do we reflect on how we might more effectively build relationships with parents that will lay the groundwork for productive team meetings? No, I'm not referring to bringing cookies or becoming personal 'friends' with parents. Rather, I mean actions that build a meaningful foundation upon which effective working relationships can be based. When this firm foundation is not in place, the teamwork that is essential to the special education process can break down.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Children are excited, teachers and parents are exhausted and that little elf is back to spy on the little ones. The holidays have officially arrived.
Much like eggnog lattes, interesting seasonal behaviors may be popping up here and there. Excitement, anticipation, fatigue and chaotic schedules can set the stage, so let’s review some of the items we have learned.
Culture is like the air that we breathe in our organization. It's the way be behave with each other based on beliefs, experiences and norms but more importantly, on what's accepted by the people around us. Our culture lives in our language, our stories and our rituals. Our collective humanness is on daily display. For better or worse.
Early Childhood is a time of great growth and development. It is the foundation for building a successful future in school and in life. Young children are intensely curious and interested in the world around them. There is much that we, as teachers, parents and significant persons in the lives of these children, can do to enrich and enhance the development of the child to insure that they are the best that they can be now and throughout their life.