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frita 07-02-2010 05:03 AM

Please help me:)
I recently finished my Masters program and received my license as a K-12 intervention specialist. Prior to this I have taught K and 1 as well as subbed in all grades, but primarily the K-3 group.

This upcoming school year I will be teaching 4, 5, 6 multi age classroom of students with emotional, behaviora and social disorders.

I am panicking!! I have never actually taught any of these grades, never taught special education and have never taught a multi age classroom. The age and disabilities don't worry me as much as the multi age aspect. I know that they utilize a level system for behavior, each student has their own workstation and they utilize the TEACCH method as well as follow a system of a preferred activity followed by a non preferred.

Can anyone give me ANY help, suggestions, tips, websites, ideas, files - I am looking for ANY and EVERYTHING I can get.

Thanks so much. My email if you would prefer to respond there is Please put ProTeacher in the subject though so I don't delete accidentally !!

Au Teacher 07-04-2010 06:05 PM

Re: Help
My main advice don't take the kids' behavior personally. If they say you are the worst teacher they ever had and they can't stand the sight of you-don't take it personally. If they say you are the best teacher they ever had and they wish you could be their mom-don't take it personally!

Take time before school starts to communicate your beliefs and expectations for the year with your classroom assistants. It is important that all the adults are on the same page.

Don't worry about the mulit-age aspect. It will feel very natural and right in a very short time. School is the only place we segregate people by age anyway. Except for teaching grade level standards try to forget who is in which grade. It will make very little difference in the day-to-day running of your classroom.

Pair up with a reg. ed. teacher at each grade level and include your kids as much as possible in the life of the school
Hold each child accountable to do his or her best each and every day.
Congratulations! You are going to love this job!

grace slick 07-27-2010 04:52 PM

Since you are new at this game. I would recommend that you
1. develop a very good behavior modification system
2. communicate communicate communicate with your administration
3. try to parallel what is being taught in the regular classroom so that when it comes time for integration your students will have the necessary knowledge to be successiful
4. know within the first week which teachers you will integrate your students will have for inclusion--then you can easily talk with them of throughout the year and helps with curriculum
5. get a good social skill program--look at Goldstein
6. know your budget so you can order remedial materials and lots of manipulatives

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