I'm goin' in.........!

Discussion in 'Special Education' started by lynnnriver, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. lynnnriver

    lynnnriver Rookie

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    Well, I got a job as a special education teacher for a middle school, and I am absolutely elated. The thing is...when I started school six years ago to be a teacher, I wanted to do special ed., but a well-meaning relative talked me out of it because they were doing that job and found it intolerably stressful, anyway...all these years I have been going to school to be a teacher, I have been focusing on regular elementary, and now I have no idea how to get started...supposedly I will be part of a "pull out" program, mostly helping learning disabled children with language arts, but then the credential lady told me I would be a "special day" teacher. I don't know...how do I begin? Who will tell me who my kids are? Will they give me a list? What about the I.E.P.s? Will the kids already have them? Where do I find them? Does anyone have any advice. How about classroom management for middle school kids. I always focused on regular first grade kids in my teacher classes, through subbing I discovered I really liked the older special ed. guys, but I'm utterly lost and school starts in 2 weeks. Helllllllp.....:eek: :)
     
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  3. OtterMom

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    You usually can get a copy of the IEPs (and the rest of their files) from the Diagnostician, or whoever at your campus is the Person In Charge of your SpEd program. You should be told who your students will be before the beginning of school, and, at least in my district, the Instructional Specialist helps you do your schedule.
     
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    And sorry - I teach the little bitty ones, so I can't help with middle school ideas. I would recommend going up to the school as soon as possible and asking the most convenient administrator to point you in the right direction to get your questions answered. Usually, they're very sympathetic, and more than happy to help a new teacher. The other SpEd teachers should be a great resource, too. Good luck! :)
     
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    Aug 10, 2007

    thanks!...guess what? They messed up when they hired me and I can't be a Resource Specialist for the middle school because I will be an intern...so they will be putting me in an elementary special day class. Still nervous, but I am more used to the elementary kids, so that will be good...
     
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    Yeah! Great News! It will be nice that your internship will be with an age-group that you are familiar with.:2up:
     

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