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my experience with trying to do everything
Old 01-13-2020, 07:26 PM
 
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I moved to a new city and district last school year, and took a job as a resource teacher. (Taught in another sped program with a much smaller caseload in my old district). In my new position, I was getting a lot of pressure from several of the teachers to expose students to the general education curriculum, and to essentially do the work of an interventionist. Since I was new at the school I was trying to please everyone and to make a good team player impression. I soon discovered that it was impossible to be an effective intervention and sped teacher all rolled up into one given the size of my caseload.

This year I clarified with my principal what my job is as a resource teacher, and he confirmed what I already knew, which is to focus on what pertains to the IEP. That in itself keeps me plenty busy. I realized that the pressure to do intervention was coming from well-meaning colleagues, and not from the district or my principal, and is has been nice to be able to take one thing off my plate. I've really seen a difference as evident in the data in the growth that my students are making now that my practice is more focused and less mile wide inch deep.
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