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Just got a job as a hs reading specialist-HELP!!
Old 01-08-2010, 03:51 AM
 
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I got hired yesterday for a short term sub job as a high school reading specialist!! Yes, I am excited but I am only certified K-6 (as my name suggests). I will be getting emergency certification to be able to fill the spot but I have concerns about high school. My students are level 3 and most of them have IEPs. I guess there are some discipline issues in this class and because of the fact that these kids are level 3 I am sure they are not very motivated to read.

I know this board only goes to middle school but I am looking for any suggestions to motivate and keep these kids engaged and behaved. Should I implement a reward system? Does that only work for ELEM?? What kind of reward system? I want to build positive relationships with these kids but also maintain good classroom control. Any website suggestions for this??

I am also nervous about the daily business that I will need to do. As a day to day sub I did not need to worry about assessments, parent communication, keeping records, grades, making gains with students, etc.... HELP!!!!


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I don't really have many suggestions for you since I have never worked at this age level, but I would encourage you to check out a book called The First Days of School by Harry Wong. VERY good book. I'm only halfway done, but many of the concerns you mentioned have already been covered by this book. Hope it helps!
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You're going to be a short term sub, so you can put programs in place that feel comfortable for you--a contract between you and the students for the time you'll be there.

A reward system might be useful, but you'll need to be sure the rewards are desirable for the students you have--you'll need some time to get to know them before you know what those may be.

The skills you have k-6 to teach reading should be just what your students need. I hope the school has interesting reading materials, but with IEPs you may be giving support for them to read and understand materials from other classes.

Hopefully, the previous teacher has a set up grade book, record keeping system, etc. that you can continue. The department chair should be helpful in with information on grading, parent communication, etc.

one thing you'll want to check early is annual IEP review dates, you may need to do assessments and IEP writing. Check with the special ed teacher(s)--unless you are it. If it's all on your shoulders, check with the administrator or counselor who attends the IEP meetings for guidance. There are legal requirements for parental notification and districts vary with kinds of IEPs--mine has computerized IEPs.
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