New resource job- and I'm terrified!!

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  1. drapes330

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    I was just hired last week through a special ed servicing company to work as a Resource Specialist in a charter school. I was briefly interviewed by the principal, but most of my contact has been with the servicing company, who had very little details about the class itself. Everything has happened very fast and I start tomorrow. I have no idea what to expect! I dont know if I will be given the chance to review IEPs and get comfortable at the school or if I will begin teaching right away. How can I start teaching with so little info? :dizzy:My direct supervisor has been unavailable to speak with me until right before school starts tomorrow. I am just a bundle of nerves!

    If you were going into a situation totally blind, what would you plan for?:help: I'm thinking I need some activities planned just in case. The only thing I know for sure is that my students are middle school aged, mainly mainstreamed, but receiving special ed services. Don't even know their disabilities!:eek:
     
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    I would work on some get to know you activities, inventories of what they like, don't like, are good at, don't think they are good at, what they want to accomplish this year, etc.

    If they are pull out then you shouldn't have any group longer than 60 minutes (depending on how long their periods are)

    I would go to the school website and get a feel about the school from what they put on there.
     
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    Hey! Have confidence in yourself; you'll be great! I was hired in the middle of the school year and had to start teaching right away. Your district should provide you with a mentor of some sort, I'd imagine. If not, hit the ground running! I usually spend the first few times I meet with students getting to know them and setting rules for the classroom. I slowly start to integrate the curriculum and go from there.

    Think on your feet and believe in yourself!
     
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    Thanks for the advice! I didn't have kids today, they gave me the day to read IEPs and come up with a schedule. I am relieved and I'm sure I needed it, but the day did feel kinda...empty? I don't know, am trying very hard not to judge based on one day (in which I didn't even see kids) but I just felt lonely, thrown in over my head, and disappointed. I can't help thinking about my friends who got jobs early and were able to go to orientations and were given mentor teachers...oh well, gonna try to get through a day at a time.
     
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    Wow, you just stated everything that I am feeling today! Today was my first day at my new school, and I felt so incredibly lonely, and almost cried several times. And to top it all off, they are expecting me to do an IEP for Wednesday already!! I was informed that there is no mentor teacher, I am the only SPED teacher on site, and the Speech teacher seems super nice, but she is overwhelmed with her own caseload and had only 10 minutes or so to give me today. So, she will not be a real help in any way. I never saw the principal today, was not introduced to staff and only met a few while in the office. They seemed polite, but not overly friendly. Maybe I am just being super sensitive, but I feel like they should be welcoming me and introducing themselves, etc. as I am the one having to start on week 3 and it stinks!
    I too feel depressed, lonely and like they just threw me in with no support! I keep comparing to my old school and district which I know I should not do, but it is HARD! At least there I did have supports in the other SPED teachers at my site and I had a mentor. I am feeling sick about this IEP, and also just found out I have ANOTHER one next week! I am trying not to be negative, but found myself making plans today for next year! I keep telling myself that I can do this for ONE year and then look for something that might be a better fit. I don't know, I just hope things get better soon, because this feeling is the worst. Just know you aren't alone, and it made me feel better to read your post and see that what I was feeling today was normal and I wasn't alone!
     
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    I think I literally said everything in your post to a friend/family member at some point last night!! (minus your IEP stress because I don't have one for a while). It does make me feel a lot better to know there is someone else in the same boat! I know our job searches were equally frustrating and similar!

    Good luck with the IEP tomorrow, I'm sure it will be better than you think. I have Open House tonight and I have yet to do a single thing to my room or meet any of these people's kids! I will be keeping my fingers crossed for both of us and repeating my mantra "Just get through today, just get through today..." Haha, I'm not even thinking about getting through one year yet!!
     
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    Thanks Drapes! I have Back to School Night tonight too!!! The dreaded IEP is not until tomorrow! However, I will be at the school until after 8 for BTS and I also have not met the kids and my room is only so so! Yes, just get through one day at a time! I am sending us both good vibes and hoping all goes well.
     
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    You'll all be ok - just take it one minute, one hour, one day at a time. IEP meetings are not as scary as you think. Just be real and be honest. People are generally ok if you say that you are unsure and want to gather more info on whatever.
    I had several IEP annuals during my first month - the CST generally runs the show. You just need to use that education you got to help generate ideas. The IEP is a living document; if you feel that something needs to change next month, then you just talk to the CST about it. Ask you CST lots of questions - they'll love you for it!!
    Good luck!
     
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    What is a CST? In my district, the Case Manager-me-runs the meeting. My first meeting last week, the principal did, because I was brand new and had only worked for 2 days! From now on, I will run them. Even though I've still not been trained at this district. I will be trained in another week on how to use the IEP program and that will be a help. It is frustrating not to have a mentor or anyone to go to for support. I think all new teachers should have some sort of support. My district teacher specialist is there to answer questions, but not at my school site, and hard to get ahold of as she is dealing with many schools.
    Anyway, I am taking it one day at a time and hoping things get better!

     
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    Sorry - CST = Child Study Team - includes LDT-c, the head of special education for the district.
     

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