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whattochoose 04-26-2019 04:00 PM

What would you pick?
I was offered two different positions for next school year.
One is in a self contained setting. I would have 5 students and 2-3 assistants. Students have significant disabilities and high aggression potential. I have experience with their type of disability, but I am not a spring chicken, and not as quick as I used to be when dealing with aggressive students. I know someone at the school, and he says they have good staff, but it is high stress and there are a ton of work injuries. No curriculum (BYO -build your own). I'd have 1 hour prep/due process time a day. Decent principal.
The other would be students with mild disabilities, case load of about 40 students (8-12th grade). One assistant plus safety officer available to deal with behavior. I'd teach intervention type classes for groups of 30, part my IEP caseload, part gen ed students. No curriculum (BYO). Highly mobile school, meaning higher turn over in case load. 2 hours of prep/due process time a day. Decent principal as well.
Pay and benefits would be the same.
What would you pick? Need to let them know by Wednesday.

Haley23 04-26-2019 04:32 PM

Well, I'm an elementary teacher so neither of those appeal to me LOL. My first thought would be the second one, because severe behavior isn't my cup of tea at all. However, I'd wonder how many kids you'll have in that second setting that still demonstrate severe behaviors, even though they are classified as "mild needs." We have quite a few at my school, and it will be harder to deal with them in a setting where you have 30 other kids in the class and are expected to be teaching rigorous content.

I'd also wonder if you'd face more pressure as far as academic achievement goes in the second position. Self-contained rooms are much easier to fly under the radar in. IDK if it's like this where you are, but here the expectations for mild/moderate are insane. Our kids are expected to perform as if they don't have disabilities.

The other thing to consider is how okay you are with only having the type of student you'd have at the first position. Although I have several students with major behaviors, I also have a lot of kids who are sweet and work really hard. Personally, those are the kids that keep me going. I'd burn out very quickly in an environment where 100% of my students were behavior issues.

GoodEnough85 04-27-2019 12:54 PM

for me, it's a no-brainer
as I currently teach a scenario similiar to no. 1. But I have to say, twice I have interviewed and been hired with that given description and I have never had that few. Almost always something "comes up' that changes that number. nbd

That second description is my personal nightmare. Just sayin'

WGReading 04-28-2019 03:07 PM

Intervention classes for groups of 30?
I'd take option 1.

crystalina 04-29-2019 03:07 PM

Definitely option 1.

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