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Old 04-13-2017, 04:48 PM
 
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Hi,

I have an interview after vacation for a middle school special education-reading specialist position. I currently teach grade 2, highest I have taught is grade 4 but I did work as an aide for a year in a high school and tutor students with ASD in middle school.

Demo lesson ideas? Management strategies for middle schoolers? These are things I need to be prepared to answer. Also, what does middle school reading look like? This is for sped, but I am assuming I will not be doing as much Wilson/phonics and more emphasis on comprehension and ELA, unless I am running guided reading groups?

I think I would enjoy the older kids with the right management strategies and understanding of the curriculum. Any insight at all would be greatly appreciated as this is clearly a big change from what I am teaching now.


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Love middle school and spent most of my career there. Reading in a specialist position can look different according to the district. This is my district's middle school program:

Students have a 40 minute period. There are about 10-12 in each class. They use a computer program (drawing a blank here). Half spend about 20 minutes on the computer program that has them doing spelling, vocabulary, reading aloud, answering questions, etc. The other half work with the teacher and assistants reading aloud and answering questions. There are guided reading questions that they also answer as they go. After 20 minutes, they switch. It is very structured. You could probably check the district website to see what programs they use.

As for management, it is easy for me. Never reprimand students in front of their peers (haha, easier said than done) unless they are doing something hazardous. Greet them at the door and compliment them on SOMETHING. Like the younger grades, set your expectations and practice them. Again, look on the district website and check out the handbook. Basically, middle schoolers (boys in particular) are just giant kindergartners with hormones. I adored them.
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