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When do I fit it all in?
Old 10-20-2017, 02:30 PM
 
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I am a second year teacher.I teach self contained, mod/severe Autism. I have 8 students. I had 12 year but for some reason, this class feels like 20. I have a very behavioral mix this year. I was late in the game in managing behaviors so I am sort of paying for it now but we are taking the steps now to build our routine. The kids are fighting the routine but each day gets a little easier.

I have 3 wonderful aides. I was smarter this year and met with them early on to talk about routines and expectations, etc. So once we get the behaviors more manageable, work will get done easier and so on.

We have a lot of services that the kids get pulled out for. Also, we have a whole new admin team this year and they are huge on inclusion, which is great. They are also huge on making sure all teachers get prep time. SO that means more specials (last year my class only got APE). Admin also wants my kids to start inclusion opportunities. Oh and also they just developed a school cafe that they would like all our kids to work at throughout the week.

So we have services, specials, school cafe and inclusion. On top of their IEP goal work. All of my kids work using Discrete Trial teaching. And now Admin is asking me what my reading groups and small math groups look like and want to come see. Yeah, I dont do that. My kids all work 1:1. I also basically only have time to work on IEP goals, and make sure their DTT is done every day and data is taken.

My aides also get pulled daily for school wide use. for up to 50 minutes a day, I lose an adult for recess or lunch duties. And then starts the process of lunches and breaks for all 3.

Seriously...when do I have time for anything??? Keep in mind, when my kids go to inclusion, I have to send an aide with them...meaning now my class is short an adult. Very behavioral class. Multple restriants per week. I have bruises and bites all over my body. So no...I don't do what a lot of classes do. I am working on safety right now.

Just venting I guess. But also wondering if any other mod/severe sub separate teachers feel this same pressure.


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Old 10-21-2017, 12:32 PM
 
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You are having them work on discreet trials. Add in a math rotation and an ELA rotation. I am in a long term sub position in my old self-contained moderate-severe classroom. One student does have autism. This last week was my first full week. We are starting rotations on Monday. Students only work for 10-15 minutes in each rotation. One of my rotations is computers. One person can monitor students on all 4 computers. Each student works on a program which addresses their academic levels. One student may be working on a simple cause-effect program while the one next to him is working on ABCya math or language arts. I have fine motor as a rotation, also, as all students have OT classroom goals. I do large group Morning Meeting which includes calendar/weather/what to wear. The teacher who left had file folder calendar activities put together by the Speech Therapist. They are ridiculously long and intricate, not what I as a mentor/trainer had given to the ST. So, we are going to put them in the ELA/Math center as file folder activities. I will put charting forms in each. Not all of my students go out to mainstreaming, but the ones who do take a para with them. All of our students in in the cafeteria. Only one sits with general ed at this time.
I recommend stepping back, looking at student capabilities, pair them up for center times. Make sure they are busy all the time. When I subbed in the autism classroom things got out of control when they weren't in structured activities. Once we got the centers going and gave the students their own individual schedules, life improved dramatically.
Check with your ST or autism specialist to see what you can do to promote more independence and structured activities.
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Thank you.

In the afternoon, I had started doing a sort of rotation. SOme kids do their DTT, a couple on the computer and a couple with a para doing a math center (ELA in the morning). I just started this this week so it is a work in progress.
I have 4 kids who actively fight going to work. Whether it is DTT or a center or a specific program on the computer. Falling to the floor, screaming, running from the room.

This week I had said it is time to gain control and time to be tough. I have more bruises on my body than I have had in years but I am not backing down. I do really believe it will get better and they will learn that they have to work. It is just all overwhelming right now when I want everything to be perfect.
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