(Warning- this got longer than I expected! :sorry: ) Hi everyone, I just got a job as a Special Education Teacher in 2 inclusion classrooms. Well, they didn't tell me for sure that this was my placement, but they sorta hinted at it. I think they were afraid of disappointing me or scaring me off, but I don't care. I will spend half the day as the SPED teacher in a 1st grade inclusion room and the other half in a 3rd grade inclusion room. It is not ideal but I am grateful to have a job (since the market is brutal!) Plus, I am thinking of the good things not the bad. I need advice from someone who has done this! I talked to some other teachers who have done this, and they said they didn't have to do any planning or preparation since their time was split. The regular ed teachers did all that and then the sped teachers just showed up and then worked in small groups with the sped students. Or did whatever the reg ed teacher needed, I suppose. They did not teach at all, except in small groups with activities. They said they felt like parapros/teacher's aides. If you have been split between 2+ grades, were you required to do any planning/prep and teaching or just show up? What other responsibilities did you have? I really want to be taken seriously and seen as a true professional. If I am not planning/prepping or even teaching any whole group lessons, how can I convey that I am also a real teacher? One thing I am thinking about doing is keeping a data binder on all my kids and carrying it with me and I can just jot stuff down like what they were learning and how well they did, etc. I was thinking of asking the regular ed teachers to leave plans available to me so I can see what the objectives were and if my students were able to achieve them, etc. What do you think? What else can I do? Do you have any other advice for me? How can I control small group behavior when I am not in the class all the time? I am not too worried about this, but I am interested in hearing from others. I want to do some kind of reward system, but not deviate too much from what the regular ed teacher has in place. I was thinking of giving each student an incentive chart and after each lesson that they did good on, giving them a sticker and when it is full they can get a prize. But I am worried that the other kids will get jealous. Maybe I can just get some cool stickers/stamps. Or some tiny prizes to give them on the downlow after an especially good day, etc. What do you think? I am kinda bummed that all my (TONS) of cool teacher stuff will just sit this year. I have so much that I have barely got to use. Oh well. Another question I have for those of you that are/were split- Did you have a space of your own? Not a whole classroom or office but did one of the regular ed teachers allow you to have a teacher's desk in her room? I think I would go nuts if I did not have my own space to work before/after school, etc! Oh also, when was your planning and lunch? I am worried about having a planning and lunch time that doe snot coincide with my student's lunch and related arts. Because this will mean, if I do have my own desk in one of the rooms, that I might not get kid-free (and therefore duty-free) time to myself! I would really appreciate any advice or tips you can offer me! Thanks!!!