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ComeChildren. You have some good ideas. Problem is my school wonít let me bring a TV from my home and students are not allowed to bring electronic devices to school. We make them lock up their phones right away in the morning.

We have chromebooks but not enough for all students.

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MnToCa 11-19-2019 11:18 PM

I worked there last year as well. Before me the teacher handed out packets of worksheets.

ComeChildren 11-19-2019 04:04 PM

Tough stuff your dealing with!!
What did the prior year's teacher do? Anything left behind you could tweak or change?

MissESL 11-17-2019 10:29 AM

Your job stinks. Iím so sorry you have to deal with that.

But now for solutions:
- go to Walmart, furniture stores like Ashleyís, or goodwill. As if they have a scratched and dented, as is, or floor model theyíd be willing to donate. (You can also check Facebook marketplace.)
-manage behavior before educating. Engage students with a variety of activities that are learning disguised as fun. Slime or Oobleck was a great suggestion from a PP. No bake cookies and cinnamon ornaments are other good and inexpensive ideas. You can also try some service projects depending on how difficult your students are. Sometimes workshop type activities like tie blankets or assembling ornaments are good ways to engage.
You do need to get out as soon as you can. Best of luck.

MnToCa 11-17-2019 09:38 AM

ComeChildren. You have some good ideas. Problem is my school wonít let me bring a TV from my home and students are not allowed to bring electronic devices to school. We make them lock up their phones right away in the morning.

We have chromebooks but not enough for all students.

MnToCa 11-17-2019 09:36 AM

It means that my students are 100% of the day in a special education classroom in its own separate building. My students have EBD and many of them have been in and out of jail.

Dreamer625 11-16-2019 04:16 AM

What does it mean, you work in a federal setting? Do you have a union you can go to. What does your contract say about planning time? Sorry if these questions are redundant, but I'm not sure I understand your school setting.

ComeChildren 11-15-2019 05:23 PM

Go to good will. See if they will donate an old, heavy, working television. The weight will keep the children from damaging it. Oh, and, a cart on wheels that will keep it mounted. See picture attached...

Consider getting a book on tape that they might listen to.

Think about doing some no-bake cooking. Might be different enough to engage them. Think: make slime recipe.

Also, what do they like? Think about having them complete one very simple task in order to earn something they like. Consider having them bring in an electronic device from home....

If they like celebrities and trendy stuff, consider getting People celebrity magazine from the library.

Keep us updated! Take one day at a time! (Or one hour at a time)

kahluablast 11-09-2019 04:44 PM

How about donorís Choose? You can do one for a match if it is your first, and often there are other matching offers. Your situation seems to be a good one to get donations. Send it to your parents and ask them to share it with friends.

happygal 11-09-2019 02:16 PM

If all you used was a TV.

MnToCa 11-02-2019 09:21 AM

I just canít since teaching is what pays the best for me. I make $53k a year. Not many places will pay me that.

Our behavior specialist is now leaving and one of our other teachers was offered a job but canít leave until they hire his replacement.

Fenwick 10-28-2019 03:16 AM

See if I understand this: You have no supplies, no curriculum and the materials you do have are destroyed by students. In addition, the school will not replace the tv, a vital engagement tool. Top these off with students who threaten you and their peers. That about it? Recommendation: Find another job outside teaching for the rest of the year. Although teachers have to wear many hats, wearing one that says “Correctional Justice System Officer” shouldn’t be one of them.

MnToCa 10-26-2019 12:10 PM

If I leave the job, they can prevent me from teaching elsewhere the rest of the year.

KetchupChips 10-26-2019 11:39 AM

This situation is horrific! The violence is bad enough but no curriculum and no supplies? This is not education, itís babysitting (in a dangerous situation). Iím sorry I donít have advice other than to get another job ASAP! Have you thought about subbing at a regular school? Tutoring?

Best of luck to you.

MnToCa 10-26-2019 10:20 AM

I teach high school EBD in a federal setting 4. I currently have 9 students in my class with severe behaviors of aggression and verbal threats to me and peers.

A week ago a student broke the Tv that I had in my room, and my school said they have no plans on replacing it. This is what I use to project any lessons, videos, movies, activities. It really is the only thing I have that keeps my students engaged, for worksheets and books they just rip up and throw away.

What do you suggest I do now for 6 hours to keep my students engaged?

Really in need of good ideas.

P.S. we have no curriculum or supplies currently and I am not allowed my prep time as well, so planning lessons would have to be done at home and using my own $ to buy supplies.

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