How do you set up your 1st-3rd grade resource rooms??

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  1. sammyrams

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    I have been teaching 8th grade self contained for a few
    years now and am changing to 1st-3rd resource room where
    kids get pulled and come to me for LA and Math. How do
    you set up your rooms for this? I feel like I am starting
    all over again!!! Also, what types of things do you do
    with your resource students? Do you have lit/math
    centers, reading/writing workshop??? I am so full of
    questions. Thanks
     
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    Students face a bright colored yellow wall. They get instructions and directions in the classroom. They go to the resource room to receive extra help, do and finish assignments.

    A cold bottle water with a pull up lid. Water to the brain is like oil to a car. In fact our students all have a bottle of water by their desk even in the classroom. They bring it from home.

    Our classrooms all have AC and refrigerators. We bought the refrigerators with money from Boxtops 4 Education. We have also bought lots of books for our classroom libraries. Do a google search for details, each label is worth ten cents and they count up fast. Get your school involved to help you earn cash. Put out collection boxes at grocery stores and etc and get the community involved.

    Reading make reading fun for the students.
    Read to a stuffed animal.
    Read to a pet rock. Spray paint a small rock with enamel paint and add a couple black eyes.
    Read and record,
    Walk ems from Wal Mart five dollars, listen to short books on tape, as a reward, after reading so many books.
    Whisper Phones, 2 curved pieces of plastic PC pipe and one short straight piece put together to look like a telephone receiver. Great for fluency and comprehension.
    Have a big basket of bookmarks. Buy a few, make some use clip art and print on colored paper. Our school has a laminator, so I make a full page of bookmarks, laminate the page and cut them apart. Put a pad of the small sticky notes in your basket.

    You need to work on phonics, some students benefit from touch math, math stories ---Times Tables the Fun Way, Number lines, and etc.
     
  4. brett158

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    My classroom set-up is FUN!! All the kids in my entire school beg to come to my room. I try to make it as fun and entertaining as possible. I have two small group teaching areas, one for me and one for my aide. I then have some centers around the room. I have a computer center with tons of educational computer games and a list of approved websites (www.starfall.com is a great one for that age). I have a reading area with tons of books from all levels (I get most of my books at the local goodwill for 25 cents a piece), I have the books organized in bins for different subjects, authors, etc. I also have an area with games, blocks, a "kitchen" and "tool shop" (both those plastic play centers). I have a small desk for my writing center, I bought one of those mailboxes from wall-mart for about 10 dollars so the kids can "send" letters. I then have one area with a carpet and an easel for group read alouds and teaching area.
    You will love this age group and the rescource room environment. Kids look forward to coming and getting out of the reg. ed room for awhile. Just remember these kids need fun and entertainment. They typically have been unsuccessful in a reg. classroom and look forward to having success! Constant encouragement is needed!
    See if your school has some simple assessments you can do with the kids the first week of school to guage where they are at. I got a subscription from www.readinga-z.com that has benchmark books with running records, it is an easy way to see what reading level the kids are on. Also see if you have a special education rescource center around you. In my state each county has one and they have tons of rescources you can check out and they can answer a lot of questions.
    Let me know if you have anymore questions I would be more then happy to answer them for you! GOOD LUCK!
     
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    brett158, I could certainly use your help! I'm a brand new teacher where I'll be an elementary level resource specialist for grades K-5 (& maybe pre-school too). I'm pretty sure my school has been doing a pull-out format.
    I have a few questions if you don't mind answering them: I know that in RSP class, the students are supposed to accomplish their goals & objectives, but are they actually given a letter grade in RSP class? Do most RSP teachers give homework? What kind of grading system can be used? What do you normally do on the very first day of school w/ the students? Hopefully I can get your assistance from time to time, I need all the help I can get! Any other info will be apprecaited.
     
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    Im sure every school is different so try and check with the principal or mentor teacher. If I pull the student out for reading or math I give them the grade for that subject unless they will still be doing reading/math in the reg. ed. room and are just seeing me for extra help. I work on there goals and objectives as well as the regular curriculum. I may have a 5th grade student whose goal is to add double digits so I will work through the schools 2nd grade math curriculum. Whatever curriculum the school uses try to get a couple copies of the books for each grade level you have. However, I often have to go outside the curriulum and develop my own worksheets, lessons, etc. because there was not enough practice or explanation in the reg. ed. curriculum. I give homework every night, ususally something small but I just want to get them used to doing it. When giving the final grade I curve it to whatever the IEP states: for example if john is supposed to add double digits with 80% accuracy then I would curve his math grade 80%. The first week of school I do not officially pull students. Since they need to get used to the classroom schedule and how that teacher runs things. Also, you will be trying to figure out your schedule as well (trying to coordinate with the reg. ed. rooms). I do try and pull out each student at least once that week and do some informal testing. Take a look at their IEP's and develop a little on the spot test. If it says add double digits write a couple of them down and see if they can do it, maybe have them read orally to you, etc. I also use this time to get to know them and find out about family, pets, favorite things, etc. Hopefully this helps! Feel free to ask more!
     
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    Thank you so much Brett for your time & info. You don't mind if I PM you sometimes do you? (so it's not so lengthy using up discussion board thread space).

    I was maybe planning to give HW M-Th, unless there's a day when I don't see kids at all, then that will be their free day of not doing HW. That's another thing: I see that some RSP teachers don't see their kids all 5 days/wk, how do they get away w/ that? I'd like to set aside a day of not seeing kids (to do paperwork, testing, etc.), probably on a day when there's the most going on such as PE, library, computer lab, etc.

    Are you specifically an RSP teacher or another type of special educator?

    Were you issued a laptop when the school year began? It doesn't sound like my tiny district does, so I'll definitely buy one to make my life easier. I'm thinking a Dell. I've always wanted a laptop anyway!

    Thanks again for all your help!
    :)
     
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    No problem, PM me anytime. Technically they call my position an "Intervention Specialist" but basically it is just a SPED rescource room K-5. I did not get a laptop, just a regular desktop computer. However, I do have my own laptop that I use because it does make things easier. What you can do if you want to plan for a day without students is begin writing it in the IEP's as you go along this year, basically you would put so and so will recieve special education pull-out services for 60 minutes a day/4 days a week. You'll have to look at the IEP's you have currently, some may already say this but you may be stuck with 5 days a week. Also some IEP's may just put an amount of minutes they have to be seen a week. If that is the case you can try and see them for longer periods a day so you dont have to see them 1 day a week. I have too many kids to do that, and many of mine have a hard time functioning in the regular education classroom for a full day without the break of coming to my room. I know some people who dont pull kids on a certain day, even though the IEP's say they should. Ive asked how they get away with it and they just say no one complains?? Im not willing to take a chance! You will have to see what you are working with first :) Is there any other RSP teachers in your school? Ask them what your schools policy is BUT be careful because you want to make sure you are following the law even if they are not! Remember that IEP is a legal contract between the school and parents so everything in it HAS to be done!! Do you know how many kids you will have? I have about 30 , which is way too many, but I do have an aide so that helps. When does school start for you? I can get into my classroom at the end of next week so I cant wait to get set up. I will be taking pictures of my room so I can get them put up on the website I am working on. Ill let you know when its up, maybe you can get some ideas! I love looking at others classrooms, Ive stolen so many things!! Anyway PM me anytime!
     
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    Hi Brett and Ms. I,
    I just wanted to let you both know that I've really learned a lot from your posts. I'm a first year resource room teacher for grades 1-5 at a Charter school in Harlem and I'm not sure if I know what I'm doing. I was really excited to see your posts and they've answered a lot of my questions. So please keep writing and asking!
    Thanks so much and good luck!
     
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    Please Help!

    I went to my new teacher orientation. They told us about the site Scholastic.com where you can set up a free webpage that parents & students can look up info.

    When I first enter the RSP room before school actually starts, what am I supposed to be doing as far as paperwork and assessments are concerned? Can someone PLEASE give a step by step to-do list of what to do? I never did my student teaching during a term when the school year just began, so I really have no idea what to do as far as what to do!
     
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    1. Look through all IEP's; make a list of how much time each student is supposed to be seen and what for.
    2. I also make a page for each student in a record book and have the IEP goals written down the side with dates running across the top, that way I can record what goals are worked on what days.
    3. Make tenetative schedule. Emphasis on Tentative, it will change MANY times!!
    4. First week do some informal testing of the students to see what reading level and math level they are at.
    This is all I can think of right now but Im sure there is more. I will post this week once I get to school and can get myself organized!!
     
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    I have just read through all of the posts and it is VERY helpful for me. I am a first year resource room teacher as well and have so many questions. Another question that I have is what is a good way to keep in touch with the general ed. teacher? I know the gen. ed. teacher has a lot going on as well and was wondering if we should keep in touch through a writing notes back in forth or face to face. Although face to face sounds like it would be better.
     
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    I try and catch the gen ed teacher whenever I can. However, I sometimes will jot down a note or email so I dont forget the question. It all depends some of the teachers I work with would rather me see them after school for a couple of minutes and some would rather get an email and answer it when they have a minute. I would suggest asking them how they would like to keep in contact and what they prefer.
     
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    Stressed and school starts tomorrow

    Hi Everyone. Looks like many of us are in the same boat so to speak. This is my first year teaching and I am currently in a resource room for K-5 students. Our administration has advised me that during the 90 minute lang arts block I am not allowed to pull students out of class.

    I feel like I am in a disorganized mess. I have no idea who I am seeing and when. I have read the IEP"s and they are probably the worst ones that I have ever read. Other people are telling me horror stories about the school and basically I have no idea what I am doing.
    Does anyone have any ideas for good assessments for lang arts and math. I have some but could use help. I do not have an aide but there is a person who comes in 2 times a week for 1/2 day. ( I am not sure how much help it will be).
    School starts tomorrow.
     
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    I am experiencing the same thing. I started school yesterday and we are not allowed to pull students out during the 2 hour literacy blocks so therefore I am pushing in but that does not satisfy their math goals so then I have to pull out to satisfy them! It has become quite a headache. 1 day down and I almost have my schedule together. I actually thought that by the second day I would start working with my students but i dont think I will until next monday!

    I need some advice on reading, writing, and math ideas as well! I am going to be looking at my students DRA levels and pick some books for them to read and then maybe make up some questions to go along with them and then possibly have them write in complete sentences depending on their level to help with their writing. I feel that this could get quite boring for them! Any other suggestions would be great!!

    giapn73- GOOD LUCK! I am sure you will do great!
     
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    Re: Language arts assessments

    Hi. I have to design language arts assessments for grades 4-5 any suggestions would be helpful. I have done some already for 1-3

    Also OCNY you may want to check Scholastic.com that could help with book selection.
     

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