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Old 07-29-2019, 10:21 AM
 
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Hello, Iíll be teaching a 3-6 resource program this year. It will be a combo of push-in and pull-out. Most kids have between 150-180 minutes weekly of services, with 2 students receiving 500 weekly. Yep, you read that right!

Iíd like to know what your best tips are overall. Last year my #1 priority was figuring out that nightmare of a schedule, so Iím gearing up for that.

How do you lesson plan efficiently for pull out? Do you have pre-prepped lessons? What are you engagement strategies? I anticipate mirroring what they are doing in class and also working on IEP goals. Also, what are your best organization tips? I know thatís a lot, but any advice is greatly appreciated.


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Planning: I try to do as many things in routines as possible. Not only does this make planning easier, but the students like the structure and their behavior is better with a predictable routine as well. Many years ago I switched to only planning 1-2 days at a time.

When I started, I was going in on Sundays and doing all of my planning and copying for the week. If your program is anything like mine have been- there are constant changes. There's some assembly/field trip/special event no one told me about, the kids move faster/slower than I expected, etc. I found I was wasting a lot of time changing plans I thought I already had finished mid-week.

This way, I'm never doing the same work twice, and it seems like less work broken into smaller chunks. I also feel the instruction is better because I can really tailor it to what I've seen from students in the preceding lessons. Towards the beginning of the week, I work ahead on lesson plans and then at the end of the week, I use planning time to work on paperwork.

Engagement Strategies: I try to go as basic as possible. My instruction is extremely structured and the pacing is quick, so students never have down time to misbehave. Every morning, I spend about 20 minutes organizing my materials for the day so everything is out and ready to go and I'm not fishing around for stuff while kids are sitting there. This is an art form with 9 groups daily but as the year goes on I get better and better at getting into a routine with it.

I have some academic games that are really just extra practice but students feel like they are "getting something." Things like word/math bingo, etc. I tell students that if we can get through the lesson on time, we can do one of these games at the end. If I am having to stop to give reminders to look at me, have voices off, etc. then we will not have time. This alone works for a lot of groups.

In groups with very severe behaviors I have had to resort to doing something like having a small white board next to me with student initials on it, and then I put a tally under their name if they're doing the right thing (at least one every minute or so). Every 5 tallies earns one of our PBIS tickets. Since this is obviously time consuming, I only do it if it's a group that can't be managed otherwise.

My strategy is to always start as simple as possible and only add on more complexity if absolutely necessary. My first year I had a prize box and realized pretty quickly that students were just as thrilled with a sticker. In fact, almost every year my older students are more excited about stickers than my youngest ones.

Organization:

I have 5 different colored paper trays (got them from Lakeshore w/ my budget money) sitting on the shelf behind my desk. They are labeled Monday-Friday and as I make/gather materials, I put what I'll be needing that day in the appropriate bin in the order I'll be needing it in. Due to how many groups I have, I paperclip each group's stuff together so it doesn't get lost in the bin. I keep a huge jar of paperclips on my desk because I use so many.

In the morning, I look through what I have planned for that day and take the stuff out of that day's bin and put it in a little drawer organizer I have next to my small group table- one drawer for each group. That way I can reach behind me and just grab stuff when students come in. I also think about which materials are needed (markers/whiteboards, etc.) and put those out on my other table so they're ready to go.

For progress monitoring, I have always had a binder for each student with their IEP goals, progress monitoring probes for whatever those are, and a t chart so I can record the date and score for each goal. I also keep student work samples in there. However, more and more of our stuff is becoming electronic, and for the past couple of years I've wondered if the binder system is worth keeping up with.

We use google calendar to keep track of when our IEP meetings are. Any time I have a free second (including sitting waiting for a PD or staff meeting to start), I look ahead at the calendar and see who I have coming up, and then get something in their IEP done. Even if I only have time to fill in one little section, it definitely adds up over time.

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I run a similar resource program. I've done K-5 resource.
Yes, scheduling is always a nightmare....always. I have inclass support, where para's go into the classroom to support kids with classwork that is assigned by the teacher. Pull out time is usually with me/para. I don't usually use this time to do stuff for their class work. For me pull out time in the resource room is for remedial skills work.

I handle all my low readers. I'm also a reading specialist and para's don't have the skills to teach reading. I have a scripted reading program I allow one of my para's to use. I have one para who is good with reading but I only let her work with the least severe learners or if I'm jam packed and can't fit any more kids in. I try to group 3 kids at a time max with me. My least skilled para's are usually providing in class support during subjects. I allow my teachers to guide and use in class para's as they need to. Also make sure the para's know what accommodations each student needs in the classroom. I also don't allow "velcro" para's. Don't pull up a chair... help and move on.
Math at the elementary level is pretty ....well elementary so most paras can help. I usually take the lowest math kids and we work on more remedial math skills. If I can I try to schedule a para to be present during
I always target remedial skills in reading and math with my goal is for them to function in the classroom down the road without me/para. I personally don't do what they are doing in the classroom. I work on foundational skills.

I talk with my paras and always make sure they have the materials they need. I provide paras with a warm up drill, skills practice, game. As para's get better I give them a few options for warm up drills and games so they rotate those. I usually provide 2-3 weeks worth of skills practice in a given sequence and have para's just follow that in order.
So a para may practice adding number to 10 as a daily warm up then do daily work that targets their academic need then end with a short math game.
I use progress monitoring data to see if progress is being made. I make adjustment when I look at data and talk to the para. It's more manageable when I can set up 2-3 weeks worth of lessons than try to give para's work on a daily basis.
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