New Middle School Teacher needs HELP

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  1. rhoyalt06

    rhoyalt06 Rookie

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    Last week I was hired to take over a middle school self-contained class. My students are in grades 6-8 and their disabilities range from moderate to severe. I have experience with elementary school students but I do not want to make things to babyish for my students. There is a specific program that is used for Reading and Social Studies but the rest of the subjects (Science, Math, Language Arts, and Social Living) are left up to me. Are there any specific things that you do with your students? I was thinking Calendar, Time, and Money lessons with Math and teaching Daily Life Skills for Social Living. Does anyone have any advice? The students are pretty low functioning and I would really like to teach them things that apply to everyday situations.
     
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    Here's a post about schedules for students with severe needs:

    http://forums.atozteacherstuff.com/showthread.php?t=60249

    Here are pictures of my old classroom, how it was set up, etc.:
    http://forums.atozteacherstuff.com/showthread.php?p=1294513#post1294513

    Here are some posts about Match Cards, a great options for classes serving students with mild to severe needs - awesome way of differentiating and remediating.
    http://forums.atozteacherstuff.com/showthread.php?t=107798

    If you really like the Match Card idea, here's a post I wrote about how to set the system up for your class - a great way to get things organized and to teach your kids to be independent.
    http://forums.atozteacherstuff.com/showthread.php?t=147974

    A great post from bethechange with pics of match cards she made:
    http://forums.atozteacherstuff.com/showthread.php?t=135484

    Here are some great websites for severe/profound classrooms:
    http://forums.atozteacherstuff.com/showthread.php?t=60855

    Hope this helps! I was so sorry to see that this post had about 85 views but no responses. Hopefully this will help you get on the right track.
     
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    thank you for your reply
     
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    Hello! Teachersk is the woman! I teach self-contained 6-8 grades and use match cards for my moderate students. My students who are non-verbal spend a great portion of their day utilizing switches. Florida has what are called Access Points. These are the standards for alternate curriculum/alternate assessment students. http://www.floridastandards.org/Standards/AccesspointSearch.aspx is the site. It'll give you some ideas what to do in your content areas.

    I find the hardest thing at times is answering the question; What do I teach them? If you have some reading time over break I highly recommend the Syracuse Community Curriculum Guide for Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities.
     

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