I can't hide my frustration with my new district. They have given me virtually NOTHING to teach with. My principal told me to teach basically whatever I think is right for my students (based on the standards of course). Yet, someone from the sped dept. told me that I should be modifying the district programs. This is how it's working out: Math: My school uses Everyday Math. Even when I go down to the second grade level, my kids would be completely lost if I taught the program as is. So I heavily modify it for some and do something completely different for others. Writing: My school uses writer's workshop. This is not working at all for my students. Some of them sit there blank no matter what modifications I put in place. They can't seem to form the abstract thought required to even think of an event to write about no matter how much time I spend breaking it down and modeling. I give them the option of drawing pictures rather than using words, but many can't think of an idea to draw about at all. Reading: We use guided reading. I designed these centers and put together file folder games, and use online programs as I work with small groups. It is okay, but their levels are so diverse - everywhere from beginning kindergarten to mid-second grade and everything in between - it's challenging. Plus, my kids have a lot of trouble working in independent groups so my para gets overwhelmed while I work at the reading table with one group at a time. My principal told me on day one to do what I think is best for my students. I've spent soooo much money on resources it's not even funny. Also, it's not easy to design my own programs for every subject. However, it's easier than trying to make the existing programs work for my kids. So, I'm curious. Is there a set, mandated program for your special education students that you're following or did you pretty much make it up yourself based on standards?