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Tocarra's picture
1st year resource room teacher

Hi, my name is Tocarra. I'm a first year teacher, i teach k- 3rd grade as the resouce room teacher. I am new to this can anyone help me? I teach at REACS in jamaica, ny. What do i do the first week of school? What do i teache, so far my students need help in reading and writting.

Tocarra's picture
1st year resource room teacher

Thank you so much for the information you sent me. In the resource room, do they play spelling games? Like can i bring in scabble to help with spelling ? So far my students need help with reading for details,, comprehension,,phonics,word work, writing, spelling, reading fluency,diagraphs, dipthongs, blends and anger.This based on their IEPs. They are mostly now in the 2nd and 3rd grade. They read on a level I. They will be getting pulled out to be with me, so after I get to know then the first week or two. What should I address first. I have no teaching materials/ no program. I bought summer bridge reading materials, comprehension question cube, and am signed up with scholatics and abc teach. What do I address first, I feel like a fish out of water.

Tocarra's picture
1st year resource room teacher

My first day is sept.4th but my students dont show up til the 6th. Thank you so much for the advice.

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Kelly Reid
Speech Language Pathologist

I work in an elementary school in Oregon with a caseload of about 58. I have a lot of autistic kids on my caseload. I also work weekly in the kindergarten rooms providing phonological interventions. I love using my iPad with my students. I'm struggling with being on a PLC in my elementary building. I am really good at writing SMART goals (after writing so many IEP's) but not so good at fitting into a "box." My PLC is composed of the ESL teacher, the reading teacher and the special ed teache (who currently hasn't been hired yet). We all work with different kids and provide individualized instruction. We haven't found a goal that will work for us yet. Is anyone else on a school wide PLC?? How do you schedule those meetings along with intervention meetings, staff meetings and of course...IEP's.?. This is my 26th year teaching. I also like to quilt, travel and make jewelry.

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Mrs. Kirk
High School RSP English Teacher from Fresno, California

Hello, I am a career changer as well. I was self-employed for 12 years before switching careers. I have been teaching now for 3 years, this year being my first at the high school level. I am in a new district this year which operates quite differently from the last district I worked for. This district has more of a community connection and the staff is open and willing to help each other when help is needed. I teach 2 periods of RSP English for 9th & 10th graders combined, 1 period of RSP English for 11th & 12th graders, and two Core Tutorial periods for RSP students to help support them with their GE classroom assignments.

The difference in attitudes from elementary to secondary students is quite drastic. I am currently trying to figure out how to create more relevant and interesting lesson plans for my students who seem to have no interest in learning. It seems as though the 11th and 12th graders have given up on learning. Engaging the 9th and 10th graders in the learning process is not as challenging. I find myself working long hours on lesson plans and modifying them on a daily basis because they don't always go as planned.

I am excited to have support from peers who are passionate about reaching their students. I look forward to learning what is working for others and vice versa.

My interests outside of teaching are quality family experiences, interior design, cooking, fitness, health, and travel.

LydiaJacobs1's picture
teacher/tutor from South Florida

Hi there! I am not officially a special ed teacher. However, for the last three years I worked at a small charter school that did not have a special ed classroom, so all the teachers had at least one ESE student in their classes. I had two autistic students in my class as well as a few struggling readers. Special education will always be near and dear to my heart because I was classified as being learning disabled in elementary school and was in a special ed classroom from 1st grade-5th grade.
I am currently working as a tutor. In my free time, I enjoy blogging, reading, and doing karaoke.

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Amita Khurana
Hi I am Amita Elementary public school teacher from Jackson, MS

Hi I am Amita Khurana,
I am very excited to join Edutopia. It looks like great way to reflect your ideas and thoughts, Great learning community. I am Special Ed. Inclusion teacher. looking forward to share and collaborate.

sjoakim's picture

I am a special educator working on my Ph.D in special education leadership. I am currently a professor at MEC. I teach regular and special education teachers and find I am pleasantly surprised by the wonderful 'ah-ha' moments my students have when applying their own learning in their classrooms.

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sushma sharma
Ninth - welfth grade english teacher Govt girls school Jabalpur India

I have been teaching since 1986 and learning too.Teaching is an intimate behavior in itself. While in the class room, if we could teach one life principle every day ,we will find an army of logical human beings, who can not be be fooled.
We must tell them that the whole world exists because of them.
I think that is needed by a society in addition to doctors ,engineers, advocates, architects...........

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Joanna Posey
Secondary-Special Education Teacher

I teach learning disability and higher functioning autistic students who have aged out of public ed without having a high school diploma nor employable skills. Many of my students have lower elementary skills in reading, writing, science, and social studies and higher skills in math.

We just received our first iPad minis. Some students with sensory issues had a difficult time learning how to touch the glass. Others were skeptical in using these new tools because they haven't had the exposure to digital media.

The challenge is to find apps that can be leveled for one student with a lower set of skills and the same skills in another app that challenge higher skilled students-- In my research, I'm finding some that will work.

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