Duties of a resource teacher?

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  1. novaguy1968

    novaguy1968 MS English Educator

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    Hi, everyone:
    I have an interview next week; when I applied, I missed the fact that they were hiring for an English resource teacher, which I have no experience in, per se (I have taught ESOL in HS, and MS general ed English). I've no idea of what a resource teacher actually does (I did an Internet search, and I understand what a resource teacher is); however, I would like to hear from any resource teachers about what the job actually entails so I know what I'm going into. Not sure why they called me, but nevertheless I will interview for the position. Thank you!
     
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    vickilyn Multitudinous

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    It is a special education position, which means that you may have several different students with varied needs in the classroom at any given time. The students come to you, as opposed to being a position where you push into the gen. ed. classroom, usually to help several students at once, obviously all working on the same classwork. When working as the resource room teacher, you could have up to 8 students, each bringing work from their classroom, any subject, and you will provide SPED instruction/remediation, working with the students to help them make progress in whatever content that is listed in their IEP.
     
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    Are you certified in special education? As Vickilyn said, a resource teacher is a sped teacher who does pullout instruction. Although, I have never heard that it is limited to 8 students. That may vary by state.
     
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  5. Sadnezz

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    A resource teacher may have up to 26 students in his/her caseload (elementary level and depending on the state/district). The teacher would provide the amount of minutes of service as stated in the students' IEPs. She/he may pull a small group of students at a time to fulfill these minutes and give students support to work towards their IEP goals. Also, a resource teacher has to do assessments, write IEPs, hold meetings, and collaborate with general education teachers.

    I'm not sure what it is like in the upper grade levels.
     
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    novaguy1968 MS English Educator

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    Well, the job description doesn't say anything about teaching specifically. Here is what is says:
    -provide leadership to the department
    -supports classroom teacher in instructional program
    -serve as instructional role model
    -support development of PLC
    -observes and analyzes instructional practices related to teachers prof. growth / eval
    -collaborate on instructional issues
    -takes leadership role in dealing with instructional resources
    -supports development of schedule
    -stay current on content and best practices
    -serve as liason to central office on subject matter and instructional issues

    I know these are pretty self-explanatory, but I don't know what the look like or entail on a day to day basis (this is high school, BTW). No, I'm no cert,. in SPED, which is why I question as to why the contacted me (one reason I suspect, as my current school and this school have something in common, but beyond that, other than being a certified teacher and having a minor leadership role, I don't know...)
     
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    That sounds like more of a department head role. Maybe that's what it is, and they just have an odd name for it. You might as well see what it's all about. You can always turn it down.
     
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    A division near me has a resource teacher position that serves as a coach type position for their content area. They also serve as an extra admin when needed too, I think it is a position that is a a transition between teacher and administrator.
     
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    novaguy1968 MS English Educator

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    Interesting. thanks!
     
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    novaguy1968 MS English Educator

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    True, true.
     
  11. YoungTeacherGuy

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    Interesting responses. Around here, resource teachers are in the SpEd department. They run small groups, facilitate IEPs, collaborate with gen ed teachers, and much, much more.
     
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    Resource also means sped here, but that definitely doesn't sound right from the job description. It sounds more like an instructional coach- maybe they're calling it that because the coach is supposed to be a resource to the teachers? I once applied for a literacy specialist position thinking they were looking for a literacy interventionist/title 1 teacher and it was an instructional coach position. Everyone has their own weird titles!
     

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