Hi everyone, Im a first year SPED teacher and long time lurker on these forums. I would really appreciate some advice on how Im supposed to perform the miracles my campus expects. I teach Elementary Math Resource, Social Skills and am a case manager for 23 kids. When I first started the year, I was under the impression that students came to me to work on their IEPs and were taught grade-level work in their gened classes. Halfway through the year, I was told that they need to be taught both. If I have students who can't regroup when they add or subtract, don't know the value of money and can't tell time, how in the world am I supposed to teach them things like how to add fractions with unlike denominators, solve relationship tables, list factors of a number and lord knows what else in the 30 minutes that I see them??? Not to mention nearly all of them have difficulty in reading as well that severely impacts their comprehension of word problems. On top of that, we are horribly understaffed. We have one other SPED teacher aside from myself that teaches Resource Reading. I have a caseload of 23 and hers is 26. We do have paras, but they all they do is in-class support. We are on our own in our rooms. At one point in the day, I have three 5th graders who are extremely low and four younger kiddos- one 1st and one 2nd grader that are both MR (one of those is severely autistic on top of that and the other is a behavior problem), another 2nd grader who is very well behaved but extremely low and my last kiddo is ED, but on grade level. He's always yelling, making noises and refuses to do work most of the time. My question is-is it normal to have that many high needs kids at one time with no para to help? All but two of them need everything read to them. It's a nightmare to plan for and I'm so worried that they're not getting what they need because there is just not enough of me to go around. My other gripe is my caseload. I spend so much time case managing and going to/preparing for ARDs that it's virtually impossible to plan or get together materials for my Resource kids. If that wasn't bad enough, it's been an awful first year. For one thing, I really have no mentor. My mentor is a retired campus diag that's only on campus two days a week, and when she is there, she's busy testing, holding ARDs or typing reports. Then, my teammate is super busy and has no time to help either. I've spent this entire year virtually on my own. I'm so stressed and overwhelmed. Any advice would be appreciated more than you know. Thanks!