SPED & Back 2 School

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    Hi-- I was wondering what should I expect the first day of school with special education. I came in the first week of December last year, so I missed all the back to school things. This year I will teach 5th grade, where all the subjects are departmentalized. I have 8 students on my caseload :)D ), 3 of those are full inclusion, and the other 5 are Self-contained for reading, writing, and math and inclusions social studies and science. I don't go back to school until Aug. 22, so I don't know who to ask about this. If anyone has any suggestions as far as lesson planning for the first day (or two) and/or what to expect that would be fabulous!
     
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    At my school, we don't pull out our kids for the first few days. We use this time to meet with administration and the rest of the Special Ed team confirming timetables, caseload (always changes on the first day), review records of new students to the school to determine any needs, conduct quick diagnostics on any new students deemed to be at-risk, develping program accomodations and modifications for those students not receiving out-of-class support, etc. I was a homeroom teacher last year, and seem to remember that the Special Ed teachers began their regular programming the second week of school.
     
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    Thanks MrsC! I will try to start planning my lesson plans for the 2nd week of school. I guess the first week would be a good time to pull my students to get my baseline data on reading, writing, and math skills for their goals. Any other suggestions on what I could/should do this first week?
     
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    The first week is also a great time to do some in-class observations of identified students to help determine the most appropriate programming.
     
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    In-class observations? What type of things should I look for and/or track? Can you describe this in more detail? Thanks.
     
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    I try and pull out each of my students for a short half hour one-on-one meeting. I spend this time just talking with them and getting to know them. I might play a game that adresses some type of skill to see where they are at or read a book with them. I find it is hard to do in class observations the first week of school because everybody is just settling in and I dont get a good picture of the student. I do a lot of "testing" to see where they are at with their IEP goals and also spend time getting my paperwork and schedule in order.
     
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    I would keep this fairly informal but would get to know the kids a little and have them get to know me. I would be able to observe how well the "my" students are able to cope with what is happening in the classroom and what sort of accomodations and modifications they might need. I can get an idea of the climate of the classroom and the personality of the homeroom teacher.
     
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    Hi,

    This will be my first year teaching - Special Day Class, moderate/severe autism. I have a Program Specialist assigned to me at the District level who provides me with guidance as a new first year teacher. And I am able to contact her before school starts. Maybe your District has a similar resource at your District level offices?
     
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    Hey:
    I began teaching in December as well and this is my "first" first school day. I am working in self-contained, 7 students. I think this is a good time to plan to teach expected behaviors and procedures. It is also a good time to get to know each child and let them get to know you.
    I go for three days the first week and don't plan on moving into a full curriculum schedule until the first Monday.
    Hope your first days work out for you.
    DG
     
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    I found out that last year:
    1st day of school students stay in homeroom until after lunch and then they switch to each class period for about 15-20 min. for the teachers go introduce themselves, go over procedures, give expectations, rules, etc. The next day teachers begin with classes, full procedures, etc.

    I think that the first week I will really stress procedures, expectations, rules, and do some baseline testing in reading, writing, and math. The 2nd week of school I will do the "formal" instruction, as well as procedures (this is year long). When we meet on Aug. 22 (teachers 1st day back) I will find out for sure what our agenda is for the first week. Thanks for all your suggestions and ideas to help me get an idea of what I need/should/could do for this first week. :)
     
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    I'm in a similar situation. I'm a brand new K-5 RSP teacher. I've been assigned to a BTSA person & I also called my local SELPA to find out who my Program Specialist is. Hopefully, between these two people, I can get all the support I need.
     

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