I sent out an e-mail to my department inviting anyone who was interested up to my room yesterday afternoon to start reading student folders.
I have to confess that in my eight years as an educator, I’ve never read the files before meeting the students. Due to the increase in the number of students that we’ll be working with this year, I knew that I wouldn’t have the time to read folders at my leisure once we go back on contract Friday. I thought it would be a good idea to get cracking on that task now and try to ONLY see the students through their label, not through all the psychological profiling that is always included in their folder.
That’s not an easy prospect and hubby & I know from personal experience.
We dealt with looking pretty bad on paper when our adoption homestudy was still active and floating from state caseworker to caseworker. When we were finally able to read what was written about us, which was an ordeal in itself, we were appalled. Things that we had said in conversation with our caseworker had been twisted and taken out of context resulting in inaccurate inferences being made about us.
It’s no wonder we weren’t successful in trying to adopt a child!
I like to think that hubby & I, although having quirks and faults, aren’t too bad on the scale of humanity. Our homestudy made us out to be monsters.
It’s this life experience that helps make it easier for me to weed through all the psychological mumbo-jumbo and cut to the reason I’m reading the folders in the first place.
To help my students succeed academically, self-advocate, and develop strategies to deal with their handicapping conditions both in school and in life.