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Old 08-27-2006, 08:21 AM
giapn73 giapn73 is offline
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New resource room teacher-need ideas

Hi. I just got hired for a resource room position. I will be teaching grades 1-5. This is my first teaching position and I am feeling overwhelmed. I have selected all about me posters for our first lesson. Then I figured we will go over and establish rules and procedures for bathrooms, nurse, and walking to and from class for the little ones.
The previous teacher left the classroom in such disarray. There is so much mess that I have to go through.

I guess what I am asking is if there are any good sites out there for the new resource room teacher or if anyone has any helpful tips or suggestions I would truly appreciate it.

Old 08-29-2006, 12:33 AM
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Hi giapn73, I'm in the same boat as you. I'm the brand new resource specialist for grades K-5 & I've never taught gen eral ed or special ed before. I, too am feeling extremely overwhelmed.

This is the first week of school, but I won't be seeing kids for these first 2 wks. I'm organizing my classroom and have scheduled annual IEP meeting dates. So far, I only have several students, but I expect the caseload to increase w/i the next couplt of weeks. Are you going to be observing your RSP kids in their general ed room? What kinds of things will you be taking notes of?
Old 08-29-2006, 06:55 AM
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Still confused

Well. We had our first staff meeting and they have a 90 minute lang arts block that I am not allowed to pull the students out from. I have some push in support that I can do at that time. Then all I have to do is figure out when to pull the others out. I have 13 students total.

The first weeks of school I am going to go into the classroom and observe, maybe pull the students aside and have them read to me etc.

In the afternoon I may have them come into the classroom so that I can explain my procedures and have them do an all about me craft or something.

I am less and less happy about this position and the school. As I am looking at it now, this is just a stepping stone for me.
We will have to keep in touch in case either of us have ideas to help the other. Feel free to send me and email or im.
Old 08-29-2006, 01:48 PM
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I'm also a new Special Ed Resource teacher this year, but it sounds as though my program is a little different from yours. I'll be pulling my grade 4-6's during their math and language blocks and providing a replacement program for them in my room. My grade 7 and 8s will come to me during their language block (which is at a different time of day then the others) and they will be getting in-class support from an educational assistant during their math periods. In addition to the students who I am pulling (19 in total), I'll also be writing the IEPs for the identified students who are going to be remaining in class with modifications. In all, I'll have about 35 IEPs! The classroom teachers will need to set their classroom timetables to coincide with mine and they will need to honour the math and language blocks I have set for resource help. I've been a classroom teacher for the past several years and I know this will be a big change and a huge challenge, but I'm really looking forward to the opportunity for professional growth...bring it on!
Old 08-30-2006, 03:04 AM
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Hi there! Im ceswa0121, i feel the same way, i will start teaching this coming october as a resource room specialist for grades 3- 5 and i have no idea how to go about it, i hope you can help me out...
Old 09-01-2006, 08:26 PM
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I am going to be a new resource room teacher this year as well! I feel a little overwhelmed only because I do not feel like I am getting a lot of guidance. At this point I am not sure how I am going to approace my first day. It would probably be good to step in the classroom and just observe the students and try to discuss and time with the general ed. teacher as to when it would be a good time to either push-in or pull out the students so they can receive services.

If anyone has any suggestions that would be great. Also, I would also like to hear of suggestions or ways that you all may be keeping in touch with the general ed. teachers. I know the old resource room teacher in my school used to keep a folder for eacher teacher and on the outside of the folder it would have the teachers name and then on the inside the teacher would mark down lessons and activities that they will be working on for that week.

I am open to any suggestions and feedback. I feel that we are all pretty much in the same boat and we will not know really what we will do until the first day arrives and we meet the individual students.
Old 09-01-2006, 09:11 PM
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make sure you get ahold of their IEP's as sono asp ossible. There is probably something specified in it about pull out/push in subjects, amount of time, the amt. of 1:1 vs small group, etc. Those HAVE to be followed, so they'll be a good guide when you talk to the gen ed teachers.
Old 09-01-2006, 09:22 PM
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Yes I have access to all of my student's IEP's and have been looking them over and trying to organize their goals and objectives. I will definately take your suggestion and follow what is written on them. I spoke with one of the general ed. teachers that I will be working with and she is already being persistent that I take her student out of her room while giving services. I will have to look into this as well.

I feel that resource room is a position of its own and very different from being a classroom general or special ed. teacher. I am wondering if I will be creating my own lessons that are alligned to the students goals and objectives or if I will be following the curricullum or the general ed. teacher.

Thank you so much for the quick reply!
Old 09-01-2006, 11:20 PM
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Welcome to Special Ed. and Resource Room! This is my 2nd year as a resource room specialist, and I love it! Here are some tips I've learned:
* Figure out which students are pulled out for reading, writing, and math, as well as any that need social skills, organization, etc. The easiest way is to make a spreadsheet. You should not be blocked from pulling a student out if they are to be served in that area (pulling out for reading during a reading block, for example). The student is receiving services because they are not at grade level in the first place, so supplementing part of the reading block with your services should not be a bad thing. They should have some time in the subject area to learn strategies, practice skills they can, etc.

*Put the students first. Your job is to create a schedule and learning environment that services the students goals and objectives. That is the LAW. General ed. teachers need to be flexible so that you can BOTH help the student learn. I know general ed. teachers have a lot of pull-out things to schedule around, but your class/services should be a top priority. You are not their to honor their schedule. You are there to help those students.

*Separate your schedule into blocks (math calculation, problem solving, reading comp., etc) and pull out those you need to pull out according to the skills they need to work on. You can also do it by grade level. I've done it both ways, and it fits my personality better to pull out according to skill level. Teacher flexibility is really important, on your part and on the general ed. teacher's part in order to do this.

*Many parts of this job can be frustrating. Control the things you can. Have a sense of humor. Voice your concerns to your principal, your SLP, whoever you feel will be a support to you. Don't bottle it up.

*Many general ed. teachers (particularly older teachers) do not have special ed. training or knowledge and may try to diagnose a student prior to or at a referral meeting. You are the expert in this area (even though you may not feel like one), so don't be bullied into testing or something like that if you do not feel it is appropriate. Go with the facts, observable data, etc. If there are other teachers in your building with special education knowledge or experience, ask for their help or advice. Or check in with your SLP or school psych.

This is a wonderful job, and I still feel that way after a roller coaster year last year. Just do the best you can. Remember, students come first. That's what you're there for, right?
Old 09-02-2006, 07:07 AM
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New resource room teacher


Thank you so much for all your knowledgable information. It will be very helpful. As a new teacher I am like a sponge and as a good teacher I am always open for any ideas possible.

Knowing that you are a resource room teacher already is helpful. I was wondering if you could tell me how your first day usually goes. Do you spend your first day gathering times that you will be pulling in and pushing students out? I start school sept. 5th and on the IEP's for the students the services dont start until the 6th.

My position is a parttime position from 12-3:30 and I will be having 9 students as of right now that will be getting services from me.

Thanks again!

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