Wow!
10072017, 05:19 AM


That's a huge age span! In my state, there can be no more than 4 years different in age, but we try to split between K2 and 35.
I had 36 years experience with students with significant disabilities. I now sub and just started a long term in a classroom for a teacher who left a little over a week ago. I am fortunate that it is in my old building with a few of my former students. I have found that large group activities all day long just do not work. The paras and I just finished rearranging the room to accommodate work stations. Each para and I will man a different work station. I will introduce the concepts in large groups, then have them do an "assignment" in the work station. I can individualize each work station assignment to meet each student's IEP needs. I will also group the children (2 at a time) so they are working on the same task. We will spend 1015 minutes at each station, then get "free choice" to decrease students' stress levels. They did nothing but sit around a table for several weeks and watch educational videos. I also do large group Smartboard activities. There are many programs out there that allow students to interact with academic activities. When we return to school on Tuesday, I will be working to train all of the paras in each work station. Once they get that down and I finally get a chance to review IEPs, I will then put some documentation forms in each station. Hopefully they don't hire someone within the next week because we will be working out issues and goals/objectives of each student.
Start by deciding what stations you want in your room. I have Fine Motor, Computer, and ELA/Math. We will do ELA in the mornings and Math in the afternoons. I also have a quiet/postioning area so students with autism can chill if they need to pull it together and we can position students out of their wheelchairs.
I am also working on schedules this weekend. I need to figure out how to get everyone out to mainstreaming in general ed classrooms. That's where having 4 paras comes into play.
Feel free to PM me anytime.
Kathy
