I'm with you, girl! I send each teacher an email with initials of kids in their rooms as soon as the children are divided into classes. I ask for 2 different slots of 25 (or however many minutes the children need) on the days I'll be in the building and the hours I'll be there--it varies and I'm never in one building all day! I explain that I'll choose one of those times whenever possible. First response emails get first times. HOWEVER, it's always amazing the number of teachers who request times when I'm not in the building. I TRY to meet with each teacher and tell why the children are served before the first day of school. As soon as possible, I send another email to ALL involved--including principals--noting by teacher the slots already gone and listing teachers who still need to choose something from what is now available. It works pretty well. They whine, they complain, they fuss and they eventually reply upon receipt of that first email. For the really tacky ones who are NOT satisfied, I offer to call an ARD so they can explain to parents why Johnny should be dismissed from speech due to scheduling conflicts. Oddly enough, NO ONE has ever taken me up on that!
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