Need advice on a possible job 4K Autistic

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  1. MsBee

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    Just got a call from a P interested in my for a 4K classroom. Only problem is it is an autistic class.
    I am early childhood and have no experience in this...plus as a first year teacher this maybe a bit much. But I need a job. Its in a county that is pretty far from me and I know no one.

    I don't know if I am even interested. I'm not qualified at all.

    What I am asking is has anyone had any experience with this?
    Also if it comes down to it how do you turn a job down but also saying you would be interested in any other positions that may come.
     
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    Is there a summer school class you could observe or is it only during the school year?

    The author from one of my interviewing books that I was flipping through last night mentions to be flexible with job offers because the point is to find workers for the job but if you're really not interested maybe you can say, I have more experience with ____ grades and I'd prefer to work with that age group. Something like that!
     
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    Thanks!
    I know I should be flexible. I'm going to talk to her more about it tomorrow. I just have no idea what I might be getting into.
     
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    I am a regular ed. teacher and have a lot of experience with inclusion with autistic children. I had a lot of support from special education teachers, specialists, psychologists, administration, etc. It was a wonderful experience that I would not trade. I dealt with high functioning autistic children along with my regular education kiddos. It was very rewarding. Best of luck. I would definitely go talk to the principal to see what this position involves.
     
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    I will talk to her...but I don't even know what to ask. Of course I want to know about class sizes, would I be guaranteed a job for next year or will the position be cut?
    Also will I have an aid and have to do IEPs because I have no clue how to do those.
    But I don't know what else.
     
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    You may not want to hear this, but, if the class is a severely autistic class, you may do harm to your career trying to teach these children with no training. I don't know what state you are in, but here, ESE certification is required to teach an autism class. But, on a lighter note, SCTeach is correct when she says that it is possible to teach high functioning children with autism successfully with support from experts. Absolutely, discuss things with the P. I really would not talk about job security at the first meeting. You may want to ask about support services, professional development for you to learn your craft, etc. Please feel free to PM me if you have specific questions about children with autism.
     
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    You can pm me as well. I was in a school that was general education with a wing of autism children that ranged from high functioning to severe. These were awesome kids that were mainstreamed as much as possible. Without the experts, and the training that I received, I would have been totally lost. I have been teaching 5k, so that is very close to what you would be doing. Again, I would be very surprised if the principal expected you to teach special needs children without the certification or training that you need. Perhaps this is a model like I was speaking of? Also, I would definitely ask the questions posed by beckysuek. And she also right in her assessment. Training and support would be critical to making this situation doable.
     
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    You have gotten some great advice so far. I definitely agree that you shouldn't mention job security. This position could get your foot in the door and transfer next year. But, if you aren't comfortable, I wouldn't take it, but interview for the practice.
     
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    And to reiterate what SCTeachInTX says about the joys of working with these special needs children...she is right on the mark. I have self contained, not inclusion, but my class has children from mild to severe disabilities. These children teach you all about patience, compassion, and understanding.
     
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    I decided to turn the job down. I let her know that I am interested in any other vacancies that may come available.

    I now have an interview for a FIRST GRADE POSITION. My dream age. (in a diff district)
    I pray I get this job!!!
     
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    GOOD LUCK Ms. Bee!
     
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    Thanks!!
     
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    I pray everything works out in your favor.
     
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    Hope everything works out!
     
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    Good luck, MsBee!!
     
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    Thanks so much. The P really wants to interview me. The position was not even posted. I just sent a e-mail and a position happened to be available.
     
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    That sounds great.
     

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