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Old 06-08-2019, 06:57 PM
 
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What are you first day of school routines for sped resource in elementary? Iím sure it varies by school/district, but do you pull students the first day of school? Just curious what the first day looks like.

Iíve taught self-contained autism in a sped school for the past 8 years, so all of my experience is very different than my new position!


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Old 06-09-2019, 04:06 AM
 
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I have never been allowed to pull kids on the first day of school. Under my previous admin, it was expected that all specialists who weren't seeing kids yet would help in Kindergarten at the beginning of the year. While I understood that it made things "fair," I felt that it made us look like aides in the eyes of teachers and students, and it was setting kids up to fail by providing a lot of heavy supports that were going to be abruptly taken away as soon as we all started our regular services. For those reasons, my current P didn't want us to do that, and I've been very grateful!

The first couple of days, I figure out which new students have registered with an IEP, track down their previous school to get their paperwork, and then hold transition meetings. Sometimes we end up having to test new kids right away, and it's not uncommon for kids to show up with an eval due within the first month of school. I also send along paperwork for students who have transferred from us. Then I start trying to make a schedule for services, usually together with people like the SLP since we share so many kids, and need to make sure we're not pulling at the same time.

A few days in, I start pulling my kids 1:1 to do DIBELS deep, which is a super lengthy 1:1 assessment that my district requires for all kids who benchmark "red" in DIBELS. Obviously the vast majority of my sped kids do. It takes about 45 minutes per student, and I have about 25 kids.

The vast majority of years, we've ended up with one or more incredibly high needs kids that just show up with little information, and we also have to dedicate the first few weeks to making behavior plans, visuals, documentation plans, etc. My team usually will rotate through basically being a 1:1 para for these students, with us each taking an hour or two of the day. Then we either back off the support gradually or try to make a case for them to be moved to a more appropriate placement. In my 6 years at my school, that's happened every year but 1.

After all of this, I typically try to start my regular schedule the 3rd week of school. Sometimes due to the aforementioned high needs students, I can only start part of it until the school figures out what to do. A lot of teachers grumble at me that it's "too soon" to pull kids. The intervention teachers don't start seeing their kids until about 6 weeks in, after the first data teams. I cannot seem to get people to understand that I can't just not provide IEP services for 6 weeks.

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Old 06-09-2019, 04:51 AM
 
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Due to IEP laws I start pulling kids on the first full week of school. This year we start on Friday. My kids will stay with their home room that day and I will pull on Monday. They need to get in a routine and I have the same standards to cover as the reg Ed teacher.
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Old 06-09-2019, 05:33 AM
 
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Our Sped are pulled starting the first day. Sometimes it is just for an introduction and they return to class- sometimes it depends on what classroom teachers are doing. They want the Sped students to be a part of the class community, so if things are happening that they need to participate in, they want them in the GenEd class.

Interesting that in Haley's school they help with k. Like Sped teachers don't have things they could be working on? Our k doesn't start the first couple of days, so that isn't even an option.
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Old 06-09-2019, 09:03 PM
 
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Our support teachers donít really get going for a couple of weeks at least. Timetables have to be worked out (and learning support gets lower priority than teachers aides for timetsbling, only ESL is lower). Our system, in this regard, sucks.


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