Tell me what it's like to be a Resource Specialist (or equivalent)?

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  1. jamoehope

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    May 21, 2005

    I'm interested in becoming a Resource Specialist and I was wondering if any of you are one and what it's like. I'm very interested in at as a career and just want general info for now on it. I plan on starting to go get my special ed credential sometime next school year.

    Jamie
     
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  3. teacher333

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    I have been in Resource now for almost 4 years and I love it! The maximum number of children is 6, if you get a 7th, at least in our District, you get an aide. I have children for pullout reading, language arts, math and support, and also go into one fourth grade class for in class support for math for a child who is ready to go back into the regular ed classroom. You plan your own activities, usually following what is going on the classroom so when your children are in their reg. ed. class they can participate and be part of that group also. During Support, you support what goes on in the regular class, usually for science, social studies or writing, and you can supplement the material with material of your choice. You usually go at a slower pace, making sure all children "have it" before moving on and can also get a little creative with activities, bringing in all aspects of the curriculum like music and art if need be, especially for social studies, or take your group outside for a hands on science lesson. The key for this working is to have daily contact with the reg. ed. teachers as well as the parents.

    I do not know if I could ever go back to the reg. ed. classroom, dealing with 23 children, all that homework/classwork, parent-teacher conferences for all, reports for all, etc. I currently am responsible for 14, and the numbers change from year to year depending on how many classified children are on that grade level that year. Usually at the end of the year you always have a few being classified late after struggling all year.

    Most kids having difficulty in the reg. ed. classroom will shine in the Resource Center.
     

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