Title 1 schools in Illinois

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  1. cheeryteach2

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    I work at a school that is Title 1. Things have just recently changed. I was wondering if this is going on in other Title 1 schools in Illinois or if it is just our district.
    The way it used to be is that one of the 3 reading teacher would come in our room during literacy centers and work with the low students. Then in the afternoon (3 times a week for a half hour) they would come and pull out the kids that still need extra help.
    Now they are saying that they can't pull out kids because they are missing science and social studies. So now the reading teachers is going to be coming in our rooms and helping us with whatever we are doing. For example, if we are doing a science experiment they will walk around and help the students. Or make sure they are staying on track or if they need help writing something in their science journal they will do that. It is like they are aides.
    Anyone else going through this? thoughts on this....
    thanks and sorry so long.
     
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  3. newteachfl

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    I'm not in Illinois so I can't help wiht your question.

    But it seems that if they are concerned about the kids missing science/social studies they could simply pull the kids for reading in the afternoon and have them read either science or social studies text. Just a thought.
     
  4. mrs100

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    I teach in Illinois, and our Title 1 teacher doesn't do anything like that. She still pulls out small groups all day long. They schedule with us to make sure they are not missing reading or math instruction. I've never heard of that. Sorry!
     
  5. Joyride

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    I'm in Illinois. I'm not certified to teach yet, but I will be doing my student teaching in a second grade classroom. I would appreciate any advice that you have as far as what to expect from the children, curriculum, or other regulations that affect schools in our state.

    I do agree that in the school where I did my clinical experience, the Title 1 teacher also still pulled out small groups of children based around the classroom teacher's schedule.
     
  6. rchlkay

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    I'm also in Illinois. Our title teacher still goes in to the rooms a few days a week and pulls students on others. A change this year (not really sure how we're getting by with this) but I'm the special ed teacher and I'm actually taking two of our Title teacher's groups because there's simply too many kids for her to service.
     
  7. Master Pre-K

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    Title 1 was also like Reading Recovery. This was a special teacher who did just what you said. I think now with NCLB, many schools are moving their money around, and can't justify having one special teacher who can just do this. The want all teachers to be accountable for making sure their kids meet AYP. In fact, I was an reading specialist aide :)lol:) and I sat in the hall, while this teacher had a room, or sat in the back of the class.

    we did the exact same thing. Sat with one to 5 kids, showing them flash cards, and saying B-B-B, "b" says buh!

    :huh:

    I scratched my head, and stayed in school a bit longer! I finally finished and got my credential!

    Hey Joyride! I'm a special ed pre-k teacher now! Found a job in the suburbs, not far from home! :D
     
  8. Joyride

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    Congrats!
     
  9. Learner4Life

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    Sounds like Illinois has similar ideas as MT... I'm a title 1 teacher and I still pull the elementary students but I'm helping out in the Jr. High (my schedule is complicated)... It helps me out to be in the classroom so I know what the "regular ed" kids are learning and then I can focus my instruction with "my" kids.
     
  10. Master Pre-K

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    thanks!!
     
  11. Master Pre-K

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    Will you stay in 2nd grade for all 16 weeks, or just the first 8? Most programs give you two grades for student teaching. Grades K-2 will have a test called the ISEL. This is a reading test, but not timed. IGAP testing and NCLB testing starts in 3rd. But some teachers are pressured to give out extra work to make sure everyone meets annual yearly progress AYP. The best thing you can do is learn all you can about reading programs, whatever curriculum they use, and how they prepare for testing. If you teach 4th or higher, be prepared for frantic frenzy in April! No gym, recess or breathing that week!
     
  12. Master Pre-K

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    When I was an aide, I used to get so tired out with my slow learners, struggling to read! Sometimes, I would to grab a 'regular' kid in the hall, just to see what the end of the story was! :rolleyes:
    I needed to know what they were expected to do...and I didn't feel the teacher showed me. They needed to know the words, keep a good pace, and recall the story. My teacher never bothered to tell me this, and I felt it was a self-fullfilling prophecy to my low achieving kids...because she didn't give me a goal for them to achieve.

    so, I learned myself...and starting setting my own!
     
  13. Joyride

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    Oh, it's 8 weeks Pre-K (not worried about that one), 8 weeks 2nd grade. Thanks for the advice. No 4th grade for me- I'm ECE! :)
     
  14. Learner4Life

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    I sometimes feel that way with my Elem. Students... sometimes I even start to think that maybe they don't need title anymore because they really seem to be "getting it" in my classroom. I work more with Math students than Reading, however, so maybe that's the type of subject where students typically feel more confident in small groups. I have to check in with their teachers constantly to make sure I'm still covering what they're learning about in class.
     
  15. Master Pre-K

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    word to the wise...make yourself available and visible at all times...when budgets cuts come...they will be trying to weed out anybody they can!
     
  16. Master Pre-K

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    duh...that's right! I forgot! Good thing for you, the hard part will go faster...everything does after Christmas, and spring break. The kids will be used to their routine, and the teacher will be more relaxed. Testing will cut out a lot of things...but I think second semester you have more days off too!

    Oh yeah, show lots of energy and enthusiam for all the school events, like assemblies, fund raisers, parent programs and field trips! Be preapred to stay late and even come back that evening to help your teacher!
     

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