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What Sped teachers wish Gen Ed teachers knew....

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Hi. I am a Transition teacher in California. I would like to know what is the ratio of students to staff for community outings in your districts? I have been teaching in my district for 20+ years a… more

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Granddaughter just accepted her first position in education as a para II. She supports one student but when that student is absent, she asked to help others. She asked me for advice about supporting a… more

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If you can schedule an admin observation for a period of your choice, should you schedule it for your best or hardest class?

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I work at a high school teaching special education and I’m tasked with addressing the math needs of all of the SPED students. Right now, they’re all on Imagine Math, an online program that teaches the… more

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Advice for a 1st grader on the spectrum that is being physically aggressive in after school program?

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I have an interview later today for a residential treatment center. I am very excited about the position and think it will align with what I hope to accomplish as a teacher. I hold dual licensing in … more

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Sick of using readworks for comprehension probes. What does everyone use?

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We all have our difficult students. I know I am not alone in this one. I have a couple who just do not want to do work. Or if they have a bad morning, the rest of the day is a waste. What are some w… more

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What Writing intervention curriculum does your school use and do you like it? We do not currently have a Tier 3 Writing intervention curriculum but desperately need one!

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A student I work with uses AAC but doesn’t have science terms in their device. The focus is on core vocabulary but I feel lost not teaching these terms. I wanna modify but feel lost. I could contact t… more

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Are the terms and practices of In-Class Resource and In-Class Support interchangeable? I thought there were differences in terms of certified staff and non-certified support.

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Anyone have a good day 1 resource room activity for 4th or 5th graders?

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Feeling undervalued by my district. Being forced to move positions twice in 4 months. Is this the case for anyone? Being a new teacher, I feel like I am not allowed to cause a stink in the district a… more

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Hello! I'm pretty new to special education, and could use some advice. The other day I was with a high school class, and a student interrupted my welcome song (I teach music) by shouting "Sto… more

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How does your school support new teachers when they start?

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I teach in a middle school EBD classroom. I'm working on a point system and wondering if anyone has any creative ideas. I always offer snacks and usually have some fidgets, but that can get costly… more

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Any special ed teachers feel like their jobs are on the line due to numbers in the district? I thought the special ed field is the most secure? Feeling frustrated and like a piece of a puzzle rather t… more

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How does your resource classes work? Do you pull students into the resource room after they have had the main instruction to help them in the small group setting? Or.. do you actually teach the ELA a… more

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Anybody else have nothing prepped or ready for the first day of school for tomorrow? with this being year three, the burnout might be real

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I teach in an elementary school self-contained autism program. Can anyone share some helpful strategies managing paras?

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Hello! Will a fellow special education teacher in an elementary school, self contained classroom, share their classroom schedule? What time does the teacher have their lunch and what time does the tea… more

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I have been teaching students with special needs for 21 years now. The class size used to be 12:1. Now it’s 15:1, but you can have up to 18 students with the variance. Now my Principal said that you … more

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I am curious. When you evaluate a student, do you always feel the student truly met criteria or do you feel like you are sometimes grasping at straws to qualify a student to make a teacher or principa… more

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What do you call the act of a principal getting down on his knees, sweeping you feet begging you to stay then hugging up on you after you told him you’re quitting due to Covid outbreaks he didn’t info… more

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Just curious if any special ed teachers here have experience teaching general education as well. How does it compare in terms of the work load? Which did you prefer and why? This is my 10th year of te… more

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Hello Teachers! I hope all of you are doing well to the start to the new school year. I’d like to ask those of you who are California special education teachers a question. IEPs service minutes lunch … more

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New 7th Grade Resource Teacher in NC. Any tips or tricks that would help me in this transition?

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Good Morning everyone, I am trying to work on my benchmarking for the beginning of the year. The school uses Fast Bridge for Math and English/Reading Comprehension however Fast Bridge does not have an… more

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I taught SDC for 20 years now my school has adopted the push in model this year. The students on my caseload are now in regular ed all day and I go in and assist. Sometimes I co teach. My new title is… more

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I just got hired as a RSP teacher, I have no idea what supplies I should purchase for my desk, let alone my classroom. Any suggestions?

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I have a class that meets on day one of a four day rotation. I have 21 low level (65-70) IQ, and 4 Multiple Disabled in grades 4 & 5. I used to have access to unique learning system, but no longer… more

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I’m a special education teacher teaching resource room and pushing into 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade ELA this year! We just switched our special education model from co-teaching to consultant teaching. Any… more

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Hi all, I’d like to update my resource room (RR) website for the 2021-22 SY. Any feedback for what should be on a high school RR website? In previous years, I made subpages for assignment calendars fr… more

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Just curious…what’s your typical caseload per teacher ratio for your LD/OHI students?

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So I am new to this position and the school I am with seems a little reluctant to help me as we start the year. I have a student who is obviously not at 6th grade level but is in 6th grade. I am her p… more

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While de-escalating a situation or dealing with a child having an outburst I tend to notice outside coworkers coming in my room to offer help or just check in. I find this doesn’t help it actually mak… more

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Anybody else feel ready to quit? I feel so unappreciated and a treated like a babysitter in my self-contained sped class. No support for discipline problems and the morale here is so low its depressin… more

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