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Old 05-02-2016, 07:02 PM
 
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What defines the difference between SPED Teacher and a resource teacher? Is it pull out vs self contained?


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SPED is the umbrella and teachers who teach special education classes include RSP teachers and SDC teachers. Every district is different with respect to pull out vs. self-contained. Sometimes both RSP and SDC are self-contained, sometimes just SDC, and sometimes districts are full inclusion without any exceptions.

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I do sped pullout and someone called me a resource teacher since I didn't have my own home class. I pull out for literacy and math. I have used it interchangeably myself, just wondering if there was a big difference.
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I would refer to both resource and self-contained teachers as sped teachers. On here I usually say I teach resource so people understand what setting/job I'm talking about (since sped varies so widely) but the term resource isn't really used in my area. My district is now calling us learning support teachers, which I hate. I wish they would have asked us first. I know it's a petty thing but it is a pet peeve of mine. Many general ed teachers take the attitude that we are not "real" teachers and saying we are "support teachers" only reaffirms that. People at my school often lump all non-classroom teachers together as "support staff" and I cringe every time I hear it. Other districts in my area call sped teachers learning specialists, which is a lot more respectful IMO.
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Where I am, resource is sped. Resource is one "type" of sped program, and we have several others.


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Old 05-03-2016, 06:55 PM
 
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I can figure out what RSP and SDC are from the context, but I have never been in a district that uses those terms (and I don't know exactly what the letters stand for).

Like several responses (including your own!), resource teachers and sped teachers are the same in my experience. Resource is a setting in which some sped teachers work. Self-contained is another setting. I use sped teachers as the general title (like gen ed teacher) and the term resource teacher more clearly defines in what type of setting the sped teacher works (in a resource room setting) (same for self-contained).
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In my district, we all are called Intervention Specialists no matter the setting. Self-contained, resource room, co-teaching, whatever.
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Old 05-05-2016, 05:28 PM
 
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I have the same problem with regular Ed teachers thinking I am a glorified tutor or thinking my job is easy. I try speaking up but feel I am not listened to
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