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Old 07-11-2019, 03:39 PM
 
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Iíve been a self-contained teacher for 8 years and Iím moving to a K/1 resource position next year. Iíll see students with a variety of needs for reading, math, social skills, writing, and vocational. For some reason Iím having a hard time creating my classroom when I wonít have students all day and Iím not the primary classroom.

Can anyone tell me a little about what areas your have in your classroom, what materials you feel are important to have, or any pictures would be great!


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Old 07-11-2019, 05:57 PM
 
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Our resource room is a 1/2 size classroom with the SPED teacher and a para. They have a divider in the room to create 2 sections with a small group table, whiteboard and chart paper in each. There is a 3rd small group table over to the side for students who arrive and need to wait for a group to finish. She has a 6 ft bookshelf with student books and games where both tables can access it.

In general our academic specialists (SPED, reading specialist, reading interventionists, math intervention) don't have enough space for student work bulletin boards or much decor. We fill our spaces with anchor charts, cueing systems, sound spelling cards, etc.

My room (reading specialist) is very small - it's about 10X20. 2 of the walls are floor to ceiling windows and I have no built in storage, so wall space is a premium. People comment that my room is pretty homey - I think partially because it's really small, but I have tried to add a few small colorful decor things to make it a place I like to spend time in. Unfortunately, I can't send you a picture because my room is completely torn down for summer cleaning right now.

I get creative with my space. I use the side of my file cabinet and the metal framing of the windows to hang student supplies with magnets. I bought some small storage units during an amazing sale at Michaels to help me keep my groups organized, and I also happen to think they are cute. That is really the area where I would say you should concentrate. Think about how you are going to organize and store the materials for all of the different groups. That will most likely help lead you toward what you want your room to look like.
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Is space a concern? Resource rooms are often small. Will you be sharing the room with anyone else?

I used to have a full sized classroom (some years shared, some years not) and last year we moved into a new building where I have a classroom that is about 1/4 the size of a typical room. For my purposes, the space is fine. I prefer a clean, organized look and I think this is best for sped settings. The pinterest/over decorated rooms can be very overstimulating and distracting. I work with K-3, so I also had to think about what's appropriate for multiple age groups.

I have my kidney table in front of the Apple TV and that's where I meet with my 1st-3rd grade groups. Off to the side, I have a smaller "wave" table and that's where I meet with my Kinder groups.

I have an alphabet strip on the front wall since all age groups still use it for some purpose. Near the Kinder table, I have a numbers 1-10 display. In front of the kidney table, I have some decoding anchor charts and some posters from an oral language program we were required to implement this year. My one bulletin board is 1/2 a writing checklist and 1/2 student work. The rest of my walls just have a couple of cute posters on them.

In the other half of my room, I have a carpet (provided by the school- I wouldn't have spent my own money on it). I sometimes work with my K students there and use it as spot for partner work with my older grade levels.

I have a rolling drawer cart for each group by the door and each group has their own drawer, in order that I see them. I put that day's supplies in the drawer so I can easily grab them before the lesson. I organize materials for the rest of the week in Monday-Friday bins that I keep on the counter. I'm a big fan of labeled bins for different programs/materials/levels of programs. Working with 4 grade levels requires me to use a lot of supplies and it's important to keep them all organized. I have one shelf that's all student supplies- white boards/markers/erasers, pencils, crayons, paper, etc.

For someone just starting out, my suggestion would be:

-Figure out what materials you have and organize those
-Place the furniture in a way that you can imagine seeing groups in
-Put bulletin board paper/borders on any bulletin boards
-Maybe put up an ABC chart or a couple of posters that you like

Then I would just figure out what you really need from the room as the year goes on. You'll figure out which visuals are most important for the walls once you start working with the students.
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Iíll have a pretty good sized classroom and share it with the 2/3 sped teacher. They have it split down the middle with shelves, but thereís still a lot of room.

How do you structure your service minutes? For example, if I see a small group for 30 minutes of math, how much of that is spent in small group/direct instruction or independent work?
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when I had 1/2 mild/moderate I had a sensory area, sand table, playdoh. There were math and literacy cards for the playdoh.


Areas I had:
whole class in front of projector
teacher table in corner
carpet area facing calendar, doubled as morning meeting area
the whole class area doubled as para workspace with the others were in stations
library with bean bags
computers


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How do you structure your service minutes? For example, if I see a small group for 30 minutes of math, how much of that is spent in small group/direct instruction or independent work?
That's going to depend on your students and their needs. I try to spend as much time in direct instruction as possible- after all, that's what the students are there for. They can do independent work in gen ed. However, if you have giant skill gaps within the same group, it unfortunately may be necessary. In that case, it may be better to do two 15 minute lessons that are more targeted to the students' needs than one 30 minute lesson that is not really meeting anyone's needs.

Thankfully my school is pretty good about being flexible with student groupings so that I don't often get groups like that. I did have just one this past year, and I was able to pull in one of our sped paras for 20 minutes of the lesson. I did some whole group/intro stuff for the first 10 minutes, and then we split the kids in half and each did different leveled activities with them.

I would only assign independent work as an absolute last resort- no other way to move around the schedule/regroup kids, no para available, and no way to differentiate enough within the same lesson to get kids what they need.
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