I’m a SPED Resource/Inclusion Teacher which I really love. I really like working with the Gen Ed teachers maybe because my background is Gen Ed. I’m noticing many SPED team members go straight to the principal if they have an issue with a Gen Ed teacher instead of going to the teacher directly. Is this the norm now? What happened to SPED working with Gen Ed? Maybe I’m old school, but this seems so wrong to me. Thoughts?

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It's certainly not the way to make progress or gain support.

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Thinking the same things CMS and NJMS. I feel like if you have a problem with someone then you should go to that person, not their boss. Almost seems like tattling to me!

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I agree with you … always better to work things out together first ( or try)… if that doesn’t work- then both ask principal for a meeting to work it out together.

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Could it be they are new, a little unsure/insecure, don’t like confrontations? Not saying it’s right what they did but maybe something like that? Definitely petty if done to make someone look bad.

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MMS sadly no this is the SPED team leaders and their inner circle. They have been at my school for about 10 years. Newer staff don’t seem to be like this.

In the book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, he says “seek first to understand, then to be understood.” I try to remember this when I’m frustrated with somebody, etc. I like to start the conversation with , “Can you help me understand…?” It is less confrontational and usually puts the other person at ease. I know it would be easier for me to accept “criticism.” I learned many years ago it it’s best to avoid “gunpowder” words … always and never ( You always, you never). First, it’s probably not true and second, it will provoke an argument or power struggle. Good to remember with students, too!

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Maybe this book needs to be a Christmas gift to my toxic teammates! Haha! Sadly I feel that if they don’t get it after years of experience then they probably won’t ever get it. We have a new principal in January and I’m hoping she will clean house!

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It seems wrong to me too, and I'm not even 1 year into teaching sped and taught GenEd for 3

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The paras in my school love to go to the vice principal or my coordinator or straight to the principal if they have a problem with me. I am nice as could be and always open to discussing issues. I’ve never encountered such an inconsiderate to say the least bunch of people in my life. This is what I think they refer to as “politics”.

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That's exactly my experience too. I think admin is on paras side because we are having a hard time finding paras

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Yep. Im usually the last to know about what's going on with my students. 😑

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Not necessarily a sped issue…

It’s a human issue…

You asked if it was the new norm. Check with the SPED department in your district. I too am old school SPED and work in a district that the SPED teacher is also the case manager. Collaborating with gen. ed. teacher is encouraged. However, as time progress and new people are placed in leadership position I have noticed a changed .

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We had the opposite problem. The gen Ed teacher didn’t like me working with her “regular” kids. Kept going to the principal.

That’s great!

Petty staff!

No it's not, unless it needs intervention.

I agree, as a SPED teacher I would go to the general education teacher first. One good thing that has worked out for me is I evaluate the temperament/behavior of my students and speak with the teacher who best fits that child. I ask if he/she is willing to accept my student (s) in their classroom. I then give the teachers/students name to the counselor and that’s where my student is placed. I have found that it helps with our relationship. The teacher feels as if they had a say in the situation. If there is a problem with the student I step in and help. This has worked out well for me in the past 14 years. There are some teachers that I do not want my students to have classes under, because their past actions have shown me that they do not want to be bothered w/a SPED student. You don’t want him/her & I don’t want you to have him/her. We’re seeking growth & you’re not trying to be bothered w/helping achieve that growth so, no thank you for a seat in your classroom.

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