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  1. ready2teachintx

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    Any one out there unhappy with their grade level? or are you staying put until next year, so you will have a position?:unsure:

    I want to teach 1st grade and can not get into general ed due to the economy and cutbacks. Anyone else experiencing this?
     
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    I love my job! I sort of "fell into" Special Ed, but feel like I have found my niche. What grade/level of service does your positon entail?
     
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    all elementary levels K -5th. I am a Resource teacher. Last year I had some 1st graders and fell in love with that grade level. I would like 2nd also. The paperwork in Special ed is killing me!! Going into my 4th year. Ready for a change.
     
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    I teach a self-contained class for students with autism. I teach at the middle school level. This is my fourth year teaching, but my first year at middle school.

    I love it! I love kids with autism and I love being the teacher in a self-contained classroom.

    This year was challenging, as I started the autism program in the public school from the ground up. It was brand new (non-existent) when I started.

    It is challenging (frustrating, tiring, etc.) - but very rewarding and worth it. Just last night my husband asked what I would be doing if we won the lottery and didn't need any money....

    I told him I'd be teaching an autism class! That's when you know it's a good match. :)
     
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    Resource K-5 here as well. Between collaborating with teachers from 6 grade levels (often multiple ones at a grade level), and the added paperwork of the higher Resource caseload, I have been pining for the self-contained ED classes I used to teach. I have no aides, either, and I used to have 2-3.

    I do really love my students, though. They are much easier to work with on an emotional level, and I am not usually up nights worried about them as much as I was with my severely ED kids, whom I also loved.

    I love working with teachers as well, but feel that a lot of my job is relieving their anxiety. They get so upset when they feel that they cannot meet one of my students' needs. It is also very frustrating when you work with them on behavior plans and they won't follow them, and then you see your students in the principal's office way too much.

    As a resource teacher, you have to let go of a lot of control, because you see so many kids for such a relatively small amount of time, and you really have little control about what goes on for the majority of their day. Some of them do fine, and others, well, the relief is palpable when they come into the Resource room, their refuge. I do enjoy making it a calm and soft place for them to land.

    I was thinking earlier this year about getting a gen ed license, but what would I do with it? Not sure there are enough jobs. I would love someday to teach a gen ed class with a lot of inclusion students.
     
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    teachersk- It would be great to get some ground up information from you. That is awesome!
     
  8. ready2teachintx

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    I agree!! Another thing that drives me crazy is the unpredictable schedules and day to day boredom or craziness which may occur. I think it's the little control that I have a hard time with. I am planning to switch to general ed (when I can find something). I think 2nd grade and younger is my favorite grades.
     
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    As a specialist that is the hardest thing. Last year I dealt with 22 different classes and teachers. You feel pulled in many directions and it is harder to connect with fellow staff and students. I liked my grade levels but was unhappy with my situation. I am really grateful and excited to be moving into a new situation....whatever the grade level might be (1-6). :D
     
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    I teach semi-self-contained middle and high school and I LOVE MY JOB!
     
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    I teach a self-contained class for students with both mild to moderate cognitive delays and severe behaviours. I love my class but I hate the fact that it is for students from grades 1-6. They may be academically just a few grades apart but socially they are miles apart. I wish it was grades 1-3 and 4-6. Considering that I have the only class like this in the whole school district, I think they should consider splitting it so that more students could receive services. I have finally gotten one student put in another program after 3 years with me and I have another student that will be in my class for 4 years next year. The school district will not consider moving him into another program because "he is doing so well in my class". I feel so bad for him and some days I feel bad for me:lol:.
     
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    Next year I will have grades K -2nd. I will have daily self contained group lessons in Math and ELA. I am looking forward to working with these grade level kids. I will have more control over my lessons and schedule.

    Another reason I want to make the change into general ed is due to all of the ARDS and paperwork!! I forgot to mention that:eek:
     
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    I agree about splitting up the grades. Last year I had 1 -6 and it was difficult and extremely unpredictable. Especially when it was Spring testing time:eek:
     
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    I have often toyed with the idea of moving from a self-contained class with kids who have autism to being a resource teacher. I do love self-contained, but sometimes I just want something different. But, I can't seem to find anyone who really loves doing resource.
     
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    Because all of my students have mild to moderate cognitive delays, I got them all exempt from participating in any testing.
     
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    I'm loving K-2 ED. My students are just so much fun to work with!

    The biggest problem I have is when I have a student who is ready to go back to his/her home district the schools are hesitant to take them back. :(
     
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    I can relate Zelda as I used to be in Special Education. Sometimes people seem to forget what a FAPE and are more concerned about their best interests instead of the child's.
     
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    I have a student with autism who does not belong in a school for students with severe behaviours but b/c my school district does not offer special ed. classes for students with mild to moderate autism. He is stuck in my class b/c they don't want to put him into regular ed. and they say that he is doing so well in my class, so why move him. You should hear some of the language that he is learning and see the behaviours that he is mimicking. I personally think he will be fine in regular ed. if they hired a strong assistant who knew what he/she was doing.
     
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    That is what makes Resource hard. You get alot of kids who are "stuck" due to the fact that there is no where to place them other than Resource. I feel that Resource is a "catch all" classroom. I am hoping for a better year. But eventually, I would like to teach in the primary grades of general ed. Ready for a change. The paperwork is killing me:yawn:
     

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