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Old 04-08-2017, 09:30 AM
 
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I really enjoyed my job a few years back as a long term sub in a learning center. It was just academic support no major behaviors.
Last year got a permanent position elsewhere. Urban school. Lots of restraining and canceling groups all the time due to behaviors. I left due to that and horrendous commute.
Got a general ed job. I enjoy it but it's a different animal. Principal is very unkind to me and targeting me.

Applying once again to get out of there plus there's budget cuts on top of all of that. Applying back to sped and gen ed. I am so scared of having zero support with extreme behaviors again.

What is your advice on working with kids with extreme behaviors with little support??


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Old 04-09-2017, 12:16 PM
 
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I teach kids with extreme behaviors. While I do not enjoy the behaviors I know that they are the reason that the kid is in my class. I have a self-contained room, so there is no other place for my students to go unless they improve drastically and can be mainstreamed again.The behaviors are my job and I expect there to be behaviors. Figuring out how to teach the kid alternate, more socially appropriate behaviors is the biggest part of my job. As far as supports: I have CPI training, I have CPI trained assistants, I have a blockers and mats in the room and a small separate room for a kid to go calm down. All my students have FBAs and BIPs (that I write). We have a behavior specialist at school and while she is nice I don't generally think she is helpful during behaviors . My students do best with familiar staff assisting them and having an outsider either just raises anxiety or gives more attention for behavior, neither of which is helpful. I do not call administrators because there is no point. It would be like a math teacher calling administration for a tough math problem a student can't solve. I have met with administration to let them know when anything beyond usual was happening and they do get copies of the report I write anytime I have to put hands on a student.
So my point: If you know you will have kids with behaviors make sure it has the supports you need in place daily to address issues (blockers, CPI training,deescalation training, assistant, room set-up....) before you take the job. Unless the prince tells you otherwise I would think that the expectation is that you are the person who deals with them. If you are told during the interview that aggressive behaviors are not part of the general student profile, ask in advance of what procedures and supports are in place to deal with them when they do happen. Either way, you will be the person that needs to call the shots and specify what help you need to make it work for the student, no support will (or should) do that for you.
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Old 04-09-2017, 02:38 PM
 
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I wouldn't.

I am in my first year of teaching. I teach severe disabilities, self contained. I don't call admin for anything to do in my room because it is my job to handle behaviors. My problem is that the district does not staff my room with enough support/aides. I am literally trying to keep the kids safe every day. I have little time for instruction. It's incredibly frustrating. How do you teach kids with severe needs/severe behaviors with only 2 aides?

It is the reason I will be looking elsewhere for next year.
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