Some numbers for you:
42 - the number of children currently in Older Brother's 4th grade class. Nearly 2 months in and the school still can't seem to find a 4th grade teacher to replace one that left. I don't think there's an IA in there either.
3 - on average, the number of behavior related calls about Older Brother we receive from the school.
1 - the number of IEP requirements that state that Older Brother is to have a place to go to calm down when he gets worked up over something - which I'm not sure is being provided.
And now some thoughts:
This foster mama understands that Older Brother is a handful and a half. She also doesn't think he's as special needs as the school thinks he is, but isn't going to fight that because of reasons. However, because he does have a current IEP - that I helped create - certain things need to happen.
Older Brother has complained multiple times that he will hear the instructions given, and he will have questions about completing the assignment. So he does what he's supposed to, raise his hand. However, (again based on what he says) his teacher appears to take the long way around the room before helping him. In the mean time, because he does want to do his work correctly, he gets upset at what he perceives as being ignored. In reality it's probably just that it's difficult for her to get around to 42 students. Regardless, I can understand his frustration.
Does it justify his actions today at school? Absolutely not. Is there some cause and effect to his behavior? Absolutely.
Parent teacher conferences are on Wednesday, and I'm going to ask about both the calm down spot and hopefully will find either the principal or asst. principal to ask about the status of the new teacher. We'll see what happens!