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Old 10-20-2019, 07:58 AM
 
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Dear All,

Gosh, it's been awhile since I participated here...

I'm an experienced sped teacher who is new to resource. (My old job in my old city had a smaller caseload and generally more impacted kids.) This is my second year of being a resource teacher, and I am looking for advice on how to be more efficient with data collection. I would love to learn how other resource teachers manage with the data collection on top of everything else.


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Old 10-20-2019, 09:18 AM
 
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I'm not doing resource, but I know resource teachers. One of them manages data by having specific days where the students are primarily working on their IEP goals. This doesn't mean she doesn't collect it on other days, but with having at least a day or two on the books makes it so she has something for each week.
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Sounds like a helpful idea to have selected days devoted to data collection.
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We currently have a "staffing day" at my school, so I only see students 4 days per week. The 5th day is when all of our IEP and other meetings are (we get a roving sub to cover classroom teachers attending the meetings) and also when I complete all of my formal testing and observations for evals. In my district we are case managers and in charge of formal testing for evaluations as well, and I have about 30 students. Whenever possible, I really try to take data on the staffing day so I'm not cutting into instructional time on the other four days.

I have a binder for each student with their goals and any paper probes that are necessary. Each goal has a cover sheet where I list the date and the score the student received. I will typically just go sit in one of the grade level pods with all of my binders for that grade level and call students into the hallway 1 by 1. If the goal is something they can do independently, I might send them to another table with their probe and work with someone else while they're finishing.

In another building that didn't have the staffing day set up, I took one day every two weeks and used it solely for progress monitoring. I'd have all of their binders out, pass out assignments they could do individually, and then do things like one minute readings/DIBELS with students while others worked. Those that finished everything did a reading app on ipads. Occasionally in my current position I will still do this if I just don't have time otherwise.

I honestly take less data than I used to. My sped director says she wants goals progress monitored biweekly, but no one has EVER checked up on that in the 7 years I've worked here. We are required to do DIBELS weekly and I do get that done, but not all of the other stuff. I do once a month unless I need more data because we're considering another program or something. I still do tons of formative assessments in my lessons and feel like I have plenty of information to inform instruction. I personally feel that it's more important to spend the time I have with students teaching vs. testing.
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Staffing days would be great! I'd loved to try that if my school were willing. The hardest thing for me is taking the behavior data versus the academic progress monitoring. I always thought that resource was for the students with mostly academic issues with some executive functioning and more mild behaviors in the mix. I've learned that is not necessarily true.


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Old 10-23-2019, 12:16 AM
 
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I use Google Forms for data. I made folders for each student then typed in their objectives. I can also share these with paras and gen ed teachers to collect data from the gen ed classroom.
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That's a great idea. I'm not that good at google docs yet, but it's on my list of things I want to learn. Would you be willing to share an example form with me?

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I just typed in the objectives with the possible answers mostly using the checklist option.

I learned by watching a few YouTube videos. Itís not that hard to do just takes take to enter them.
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