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Is there a future in becoming a resource teacher?
Old 10-19-2013, 03:50 PM
 
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I am a junior in early childhood education at my college. Recently I have been more curious about becoming a resource teacher in the schools. I really like math and reading. How realistic is it to get a job as being a resource teacher? What type of work/school must you complete to become a resource teacher? What exactly does a resource teacher do?


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Old 10-27-2013, 05:05 PM
 
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I must say, I have very rarely seen it go to teachers just starting out in my district. Generally, it goes to those who have had a few years under their belt. Some due to being an expert in an area and making an impression, but more times that not it is a very hard job to get. Most were in the right place at the right time.
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I agree with Other poster...
Old 10-31-2013, 05:54 PM
 
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I am a re-titled "Interventionist", I used to be called a Resource Teacher. Too often they get treated as a homework helper.
I'm a Reading Specialist and am getting my Math Interventionist certification So that will be two masters.
But... I am only able to be part time.Over educated and underemployed.
Interventions and RtI is the future, In my state you have to be a regular ed teacher for two years prior to applying for a reading teacher/specialist program..
I love it, I love spending time getting really good at something pretty focused.
I get really geeky with research
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I agree with the others, get some experience as a regular classroom teacher and you can hopefully transition into a resource teacher.
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I think there is a great need for Resource Teachers. I started out my career being one. It depends on the states' rules for certification. I had my general Ed license first then added several special Ed licenses to it. Some in my state didn't need a general Ed license first. I think they needed some sort of bachelor's degree. But some have gone alternate certificate for special Ed too. Mainly for minorities.
Working in the resource room can be different from school to school. Most give you a space to work in but you may share that space with other resource teachers. Sometimes you go to classrooms and help the students there. This is usually in a small group with others receiving services. Sometimes you pick up students from classrooms and take them to work in your space or the hall or even the lunchroom. You will be constantly moving picking up kids or working in classrooms trying to meet all of their required minutes on their IEPs. The paperwork is overwhelming. You will be working on it in the evenings and on weekends. You may have to go in early or stay after work for IEP meetings. You'll have to figure out a schedule (nightmare). You'll do testing and write up reports. You'll have to try to match up kids to work together from different grades(maybe) or figure out how to work with kids with wide ranges of abilities. You'll have kids who act up and teachers who may want you to come get them when you have to be somewhere else. You will have to beg to get materials or books from other teachers because you need more levels or don't have anything of your own. You'll call parents and set up IEP meetings (maybe). You'll have to get your paperwork done on time and meet deadlines or you may be asked to leave. You'll get students from other areas or states and have to figure out what they need quickly. Oh, and if your students don't make AYP or progress your evaluation can be affected now. So you'll be in trouble for that new one.
There's more I'm sure.


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