Thursday, June 22, 2006

Thanks Yahoo

I've been neglecting Your Mama lately, but it's nice to know someone over at Yahoo Picks still noticed. New readers, welcome! Here are some of my popular posts:

The Purple Stapler
Old School Wisdom from a Burnt-Out Counselor
Word of the Day: Tedious
Beautiful Absurdities
Dear Principal, You Want Me To Do What?
El Bronx Comics
Miss Dennis is a Latin King
John Stossel: Stupid in the Studio

Thanks for visiting! I'll be posting more stories and commentary soon.


Anonymous Kelly said...

Your blog is amazing. I'm a special ed teacher in Arkansas...I've taught high school, elementary, and now preschool special ed. I so identify with your purple stapler story!! lol


9:00 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

I love your blog! I am a librarian for a talking books library. We serve patrons who have disabilities and I have the great pleasure of taking care of all the juvenile and young adult patrons. They are great! Some are non-verbal and email me their requests, some call me to tell me about the book they just listened too. I love them all.

Keep up the good work. I wish there was something I could say or do to kick this countries educational system in the heiny. It is a travesty that our government has allowed the system to be swept under the rug. What can we do? Is there anything?

3:11 PM  
Blogger Dixie Girl said...

Where were you when my son was in special ed in Indiana? If you are half the teacher your blog would indicate, you are rare indeed.

My oldest was diagnosed ADHD in 1st grade but probably undiagnosed with a couple of other things on top of being deaf in one ear. He graduated but the battles with schools for placement and services was one I did not want to ever repeat. I despise the term "IEP".

Yet, when my youngest son was said to be simply a slow learner, the solution was to "place him in a school where expectations were lower". Is that not brilliant?

That was the year I began homeschooling my soon to be 7th grader who could not read, spell, or do math at a 4th grade level. The school response when they found I was going to pull him out was that he could graduate on "F's". I said, "When hell freezes over." Oh, today, he can do fractions in his head faster than I can on paper. And he is still a slow learner... but he could have learned if they had provided the tutoring services I requested in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade... but he didn't qualify. I have not yet determined how ignorant one must be to qualify for help.

Please keep challenging the establishment! There are parents out here who will be right beside you. Children with learning problems should get teachers who are as talented as those who teach gifted students an enough funds to provide whatever they need to do the job right.

1:16 AM  
Anonymous Schoolgal said...

Welcome back! I check your blog each day and was happy to see you back in action.

6:54 PM  
Blogger NYC Educator said...

Congrats on making the big time. It's about time you got some appreciation from those yahoos at yahoo, goshdarn it.

9:10 AM  

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