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Old 08-20-2017, 09:28 AM
 
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I am a first year self contained life skills elem. teacher. I have no clue on what to do and how to do it. school starts tomorrow and I have only been able to set up schedules for the para leaving the class for k, 2, 3, 4 block times and their lunches. I do not know these new students and I have never seen how the self contained classroom daily procedures ????

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I'm sure all will be fine!
Do you have access to the student's IEPs? You could look those over to see the goals/objectives and get an idea what they are working on and create lesson plans for now based on that.
Are there any former lesson plans/schedules you could use?
The important thing the first few days is to go over procedures/rules/routines over and over. Make sure you model what to do, give examples and non-examples.
Do you have a behavior management system or token economy set up? I'd have that ready first, and really praise, praise, praise following expectations to have the students earn reinforcers.

Here are some useful sites/blogs:
http://theautismhelper.com/
http://www.specialedspot.com/
http://www.breezyspecialed.com/

My students love https://www.gonoodle.com/ for movement breaks, free to sign up.

Also http://www.starfall.com/ has some free things-like a calendar for morning group.

Are there any other special education teachers in your building you could ask? Your para's should be a great resource in starting things up for the school year.

Good luck!
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with the PPs advice. The daily procedures may be up to you just like it works for regular gen ed teachers.

It would be nice though if the previous teacher or SpEd Director gave you some hints of what worked best for students last year.

Look through the IEPs ASAP. That should give you some clues as to the types of behaviors present and how they are being dealt with. If you are a late hire, you may have an additional grace period of a few days but do not count on it with self contained kids.

When you read through the IEPs, make sure to watch for the related services--OT/PT, speech, adaptive PE, music therapy, and so on. The kids may or may not be with you during that time. Maybe check with the SpEd teachers for resource/pullout or the self contained for upper grades.

You got this. See if you get a mentor teacher or beginning teacher trainings. They obviously have faith you can do it. Reach out to others nearby your room too--even if they are gen ed. Work closely with your SpEd Director on site.

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Well...how did it go the first few days? I know it must be overwhelming your first year but hang in there! It will get easier. I'm not a self-contained teacher so can't offer you much advice there. I do agree with the other posters about looking over the IEP's and get to know their services and supports. Don't hesitate to reach out to your special education department if you need support.
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