I was really hoping to make this a daily thing, but I let the week overwhelm me :( Lots of transition IEPs to do. Some of them have been difficult because not everyone agrees with the types of placements I think my students should go to. So I have had to host a myriad of consulting teachers, be very careful how I word my IEP's and am generally stressed out. I am not great at confrontations, but I really want the best placements for these kids, and I don't think anyone can really know how they learn, or what they need like their parents and I do.
The other problem, of course, is that even though a placement may have the correct name, the "flavor" of the classroom can always be problematic. So much depends on the teacher, the other students in the class and the administration. This is when the parents need to really advocate. If they feel their child is not getting the best education, or needs more help, perhaps there needs to be more staff in the room, they are the ones who really have the power to make a difference.
On a personal note, once I let myself get physically run down, I don't seem to be able to make it up until the weekend. I was doing a home bound student for another teacher, but I am finding that no matter how I go home from his house, it never takes me much less than 2 hours. That means I leave home at 6 a.m. and don't get home till 6:30 p.m.! I have realized I just can't do it and resigned, I don't think the other teacher was very happy about it, but I have started to feel this year that I need to be a little more self protective. Especially since I had a car accident at the beginning of the school year, destroying my beautiful little red Kia Soul and breaking my sternum. Not a very nice way to start the year :( Now I have a silver Soul, but I still feel the sternum from time to time.