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Congrats on your new job!
Old 07-17-2013, 10:03 AM
 
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The first days of school should focus on your routines & procedures. Students in resource settings might need LOTS of practice. Remember to the KISS method (Keep It Simple, Stupid) when planning your room set-up, routines, & procedures because it will be much easier in the long run. Kids this age want to please you, but there's a reason they're in a resource placement. You'll need to spend some time the first few weeks assessing your kids' current academic levels, so have a plan for making that happen. Keep in mind that our best & brightest students can only focus for about the number of minutes equal to their age, so your kids will need everything presented in tiny portions. Also, think of how you'll track their behavior & academic goals, because if you let that get away from you the paperwork will derail quickly. Keep your room decor simple, and focus on having effective materials instead of cute ones. Cute is fine, but many new teachers spend far too much money & energy on cute at the expense of effective.

Good luck, and keep looking around on this site because our members have excellent ideas!
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