Resource room-HELP!!

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  1. wanateach

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    Hi,
    I think I may have just gotten a job-won't know for sure until next week, ( I was the first choice I am told) but I am excited, nervous and scared to death all at the same time!!Anyway I need help on how to do this in the most efficient way, I have never worked in a resource room-I will share it with another special ed teacher- They told me scheduling is the biggest challenge, and that I will do my own scheduling, being new to the whole game, I ask you how do I go about doing this? Does anyone know how this works, is it like draft picks or something, I want this one, you have that one-Just trying to get a leg up on how it works, thanks so very much.....Lori:D
     
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    Hi,

    I can tell you what myself and my co-worker did. I taught in a resource classroom for a while. We first looked at our student listing to see how many students in each grade level we would have. We decided to teach the same subject at the same time. The grade level didn't matter becuase she were individualizing anyway. This work pretty well for us. We had our teaching planning time at different times so at the beginning of the day..she was the only one teaching while I was teaching during her planning time. We worked very well together. Our principal gave us until the second week of school to formulate a workable schedule.

    I hope this helps:)
     
  4. wanateach

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    Thanks bamagirl!!
    I found out I got the job today!!! For some reason they all liked me-a team of 4 of us it will be-I can't wait, that really helps me see how it all works out. I hope I have a planning period, I don't know. I know the ieps are on computer, are yours, or were yours? So you can set up your schedules together, sort of? Did you do lesson plans (can you see how green I am?) and actually teach a lesson, or was it individual working? I really like the 3 girls I had the interview with the other day-it was great!! Thanks so much for your help.
     
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    Big Congrats:D . To answer your questions, our IEP's were developed through a computer program. We taught language arts, reading, math, and science. We adapted the reg. educ curriculum for our students and made sure we were also covering their iep objectives. My largest group for resource was 5 and my smallest was 1.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    I was a reousc room teacher for a couple of months. i had to scheudle andit was hard. I had to meet with all the teachers and be flexiable. Good Luck
     
  7. MrsC

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    I will be running a Student Support Centre for identified students from grades 4-8 next year (for the first time). I will have Junior students (grades 4-6) for most of the morning and grades 7 and 8 in the afternoon. Teacher timetables needed to be set up so that math and language were being taught during the times the Support Centre will be open for those students (the homeroom teachers will have no flexibility there). I will be doing all of the planning and teaching of language (as they are all at least 2 years below grade level expectations) and will support and reteach the math strands they are covering in the regular classroom. It will take a lot of cooperation and collaboration between homeroom teachers and myself and we are hoping it will work. I'll have anywhere between 4 and 12 students at any one time.
     
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    I have not read everyones responses. First you need to find out if each grade level has a literacy block at the same time. Figure out how many students you have for each grade level, and what each student needs. Some may just need support in the classroom while others may need to be pulled. But it totally depends on how your school does it.
    Good luck and congratulations.
     
  9. wanateach

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    Thanks to you all. I appreciate all the help I can get. So is it up to the classroom teacher if I help them in there or if they are pulled out? How much authority do I have here, is what I am wondering, not that I want it, just that I want to understand my role-a facilitator? Sort of to help the student transition between the regular teacher's expectations, and just to help them understand the work that is assigned, just want to get this right, thanks.
     
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    It's different everywhere, but for next year at my school the only students being pulled from the regular class will be those who are 2 or more grade levels below where they should be in math and/or language. I will provide a full replacement program for them. Students who aren't this far behind will remain in the classroom, having their program modified or accomodated by the homeroom teacher (with support and input from me). Because of our high needs and our limited Special Ed staffing this is how we need to run our program. I suggest that you speak with your administrator to find out exactly the model you will be using. If you leave it up to the classroom teachers, often you will end up with a bunch of kids you shouldn't have because it is easier for them (no offense to anyone, just my experience with our staff).
     
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    Thanks Mrs. C.,
    I think for me, our team that it is the kids with the ieps I will have. They said I am a case worker sort of with certain ones I am responsible for. I don't know what the criteria is for the resource room program, but I do know they have to have a current iep to get the service with the special ed teacher. I think after it is decided who comes to me-the question is when, and how often, still, I am a bit fuzzy on this.
     
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    The best thing is talk to the other special education teachers.
     
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    Get with other resource teachers in your district. Ask if you can be assigned a mentor. Do not let the classroom teachers dictate your schedule. They might take advantage. Terry G.
     
  14. Dee452

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    wannateach;
    The IEP states how many hours that the student is to receive your services.
    As the others said talk to other resource teachers or your special services coordinator.
    Ask questions if you are not sure about what you are supposed to do.
    Amen to teresaglass, don't let the classroom teachers dictate your schedule because making the schedule for pull-outs is tough and you will not be able to please all teachers.
     
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    You need to create your own schedule based on meeting the needs of the most students you can in the best way you can. Your schedule needs to be written in stone and classroom teachers must honour it (it is far easier for them to be flexible than it is for you to be). We spent hours working on our schedules for next year and they are far from ideal--they are, however, the best that they can be at this time.
     
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    yeah but, they have classes of 20 kids or more, and have standardized tests and seem like they are under more pressure than me-isn't this right?:confused:
     
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    Plus, don't you ask them....."what is it that you need from me", or what would you like for me to do for you", don't you want a good civil healthy relationship to promote what is best for the students, I am new at this, but it seems I should be the one to be flexible, or am I totally wrong?
     
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    I can only speak from my experience, but if you leave it up to the classroom teachers, you may end up working with students you really shouldn't be (behaviour and attitude problems, those who didn't do homework, those who "don't get it"). Unfortunately, not all classroom teachers are willing to differentiate their instruction to meet the needs of all of their students and are eager to have someone else do it for them. In my school, I will be getting a list of students I will work with on a daily basis as well as those whose progress I will be monitoring while they remain in the regular class with accommodations. The teachers will receive the same indication on their class lists. Of course you want to maintain a positive relationship with the classroom teachers, but that doesn't mean that they will dictate your program. The students you work with will be determined by their IEP's, the administration and the Special Ed team at your school.
     
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    Pressure

    wanateach,
    YOU WILL HAVE MORE PRESSURE THAN THE CLASSROOM TEACHERS
    because you will have to teach them how to modify instruction and how to get your students to succeed in regular education classes. This will take a lot of work because you may have to meet with ALL of the Classroom teachers in order to implement this part of the program. You may have to even go into to their classroomS and instruct your students. That is WHY IT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO GET TOGETHER WITH THE RESOURCE TEACHERS IN YOUR DISTRICT. They can give you ideas on setting up your schedule. Act as a consultant for the teachers but make your own schedule so you can PROVIDE THE BEST SERVICE FOR YOUR STUDENTS! Hope you have a successful year! Terry G.
     
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    Okay, thanks for the advice

    I am a new kid on the block-haven't taught for ages, so you are probably right on all counts. thanks. Lori
     
  21. TeachBD

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    Yep. You write a goal & objective for the area they are receiving assistance. Keep in mind that even if a student only has a goal for reading--they can come for you for assistance in science/ss, etc because they need help with READING the text.....
     
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    You are juggling more than one grade level. You have to prep for multiple subjects and multiple levels in EACH subject.

    My first year I had self-contained 4/5th grade. When I unpacked my room, I had the ENTIRE reading series from K-5, the ENTIRE math series K-5, etc. I had to write lesson plans for individual students--so instead of one lesson for reading--there were 5. You have to teach to their abilities.

    NEVER EVER think that because they have more students than you do that your work load is less.......They may give 20 students standardized tests, but those students do not have testing accommodations--you may be reading those tests outloud to individual students and have to pull other people in to help meet those accommodations.

    What you should suggests/ what should help you the most is that within grade levels you work with the regular ed. teachers try to copy each others schedules as much as possible--so that everyone in the grades you work with is doing reading at 10:10-11:00 or something like that and then you can pull your students who have reading goals during that time. Even if it is only one subject at the same time of day--it will help you out tremendously!

    Also, suggest that it will be at least 1 week if not 2, before you figure out everyone's schedules and figure out yours.
     
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    Wow,
    Since I have been here, I have gotten a lot of help, you can almost feel how green I am at this, it is very good to get this information up front, and thankfully I will be working with 3 other teachers who are also resource room teachers, so they can set me straight., but there is a lot to do between now and then, I can't even figure out what reading curriculums they use. I have so many questions, I will be planning for the time they will be seeing me for _____. I will be grouping according to grade level/ability/interest levels, and also filling out iep forms as we go, holding meetings-anything I forgot? I will be one busy chick, huh?:eek: I learned a great deal from someone on another board who said she works late/and on weekends up until about November when the dust sort of settles, so this will all take time, just hope I can handle the regular classroom teachers. YOu have all been great and wonderful to set me straight. Lori
     
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    The only think I could think of is meeting with their classroom teachers on a regular basis (doesn't have to be a "meeting" -- could be e-mail, chat after school...). You may also need to take with therapists. Will you be administering academic tests for their IEP?
     
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    Hello everyone! I've read every post in this thread & I'm interviewing for elementary level RSP positions. The only experience I've done is subbing & ST (stud. teaching), which, as you know is definitely not the same once you're the one in the driver's seat!

    I really hope we can continue to build this thread because I'm going to need A LOT of help from all you experienced resource specialists! It would be nice to be able to PM some of you from time to time.

    wanateach, at least you have 3 other RSP teachers to help you & that's great! The districts in my area don't seem to have special ed support providers, so more than likely, once I'm hired, I'm on my own! :eek:

    My 1st question is: What are all the things do you do before the first day of school & how do you do them? (Unfortunately, I never got to ST during a term when the school year began). I welcome all helpful PM's! :)
     
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    Ms. I .
    Thanks for responding, I can't really help you with anything yet, but hopefully soon I will. FYI-I did my student teaching years ago in a self-contained room for my experience-it was 5th, and I have only taught self contained, so this will be terribly new to me. It sounds like the most challenging part-the headache part is the scheduling, apparently the kids can't be pulled from their fine arts, and when to work with them is the trick-I will tell you more as I learn-yes, thankfully I do have other teachers helping me, and we are all a team, sticking together, helping each other out-sharing the paras-all of us will be unified in our approach-more later, and good luck !! BTW what is RSP?
    thanks.
     
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    Oh, from the way your original post sounded, I thought you were hired as a resource teacher, plus you said how you'll be working w/ 3 other resource teachers. RSP stands for resource specialist program, a type of special ed. So exactly what type of teacher have you been hired for? We should continue posting as time goes & help each other through our 1st year!! :)
     
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    Ms I,
    yes sorry for the confusion, I was hired, I just have never done that type of teaching before. I am brand new at this and didn't know any initials or anything. I will be working with 3 other teachers, they will be working with kids on different levels. My level will be upper 4th and lower 5th grade the way I understand it. The kids I will have, about 20, is what I am told, are the ones my teaching partner, I don't know what to call her, really, we will share the room and work together, and yet have our own kids to be responsible for, as far as ieps/parent/grades-but will work together to share the aides according to who has the most need, and she said it will take until November to get it all straightened out. I am hanging on to her shirt tail, until I get a good grasp of things.

    So how about you-feel free to pm me, and I will give you my email address. I would love to compare notes with you. LORI:eek: :love:
     
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    Wouldn't it be nice if everyone used the same job titles! I was at a Special Ed mini-course for the past 3 days with teachers from 6 different school boards. Every board used slightly different job titles (and initials) for exactly the same job!
     

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