Have you just committed a real faux pas but find yourself at a loss for words to apologize?
Perhaps you are a celebrity who needs to apologize for disability-related comment… A teacher who needs to apologize for outrageous classroom mistreatment… Or, a personal favorite, an IEP team member who knows it all…
Terri Mauro can help you out!
Using her wonderful sense of humor, Terri designed three user friendly apology templates you can easily adapt. If you find yourself at a loss for words (imagine that), Terri’s templates offer you three options for an apology that:
- is sincere or at least looks that way
- lets you keep a little street cred
- tells the cold hard truth
If you “need a laugh,” check out her All Purpose Apology Templates at http://specialchildren.about.com/od/needalaugh/ss/All-Purpose-Celebrity-Apology_3.htm
We’ve reprinted our favorite below. Thank you, Terri.
IEP Team Member Apology Template for Not Knowing It All After All
My Personal Apology (Pick one from each group of choices)
I understand that your child has
- triumphed over low expectations.
- performed in a way not supported by the data.
- been successful, though that sort of thing is really in the eye of the beholder, isn’t it?
I am, of course,
- delighted to hear that.
- going to note that in the file.
- exceedingly skeptical.
Your child deserves
- our praise and pride.
- the benefit of the doubt.
- exactly what was found to be appropriate under the circumstances.
If it seems that I have been less than supportive, please realize that
- I have a large caseload.
- I’ve learned not to get my hopes up.
- you are very perceptive.
I will do everything that
- I can
- I’m instructed to by my administrator
- you require me to by court order
to make it up to you and ensure that you are treated with
- respect and collaboration
- carefully vetted civility
- sarcasm you can’t see through quite so easily
in the future. Please be assured that we at this school
- want every child to succeed,
- want to stay out of due process,
- hold you in as much contempt as you hold us,
and accept my sincere apology for ever doubting
- your child’s ability
- your belief in your child’s ability
- your ability to make a fuss.
Need a different template? Let Terri help you out!