Teaching Children with Special Needs: Classroom Management Tips for Your Resource Room

I comb the Internet for the best ideas, tips and resources for Special Ed teachers. I also try to stay current on issues that affect the classroom teacher, as opposed to administrators or state policy leaders. 

There has been a great deal of discussion lately about push-in or pull-out models for delivery of instructional services to moderately involved students. There is an inclusion spectrum for models of instructional delivery services. Do we really need to pull children with mild LD or BD issues and disrupt their day? I will go out on a limb and say most schools still have resource rooms for children who require extra attention. With that in mind, I've put together these tips. 

Ten great tips for managing your resource room: 

  1. Learn about UDL and make sure your classroom is designed with UDL principles in mind. 
  2. Collaborate with regular classroom teachers on RTI levels and be sure you are current on the RTI status of every student at all times. 
  3. Attend school sports events, join the PTA, and/or sponsor an afternoon club. Classroom teaching can be isolating, you'll want to stay connected to the larger school community at all times. Call each student’s parent the first week with a welcoming positive phone call. Collect family email addresses at that time and send a daily email to all parents so they know what's going on. 
  4.  When students enter the classroom, they pick up their binders, pencils, and texts from milk crates by the door. Crates are color coded by grade level work; students know their color based on assessment results. Have assigned seats and have a standard learning position of sitting up in the chair, binder and pencil inside the desk, and textbook on the desk. Class does not start until all are in position. Note: Kids need structure, special kids need special structure.
  5. When leaving the class, the students wait for the dismissal from you, put their materials back in the milk crates, and walk (do not run) down the hall to the next class. Turning in their completed work is not relevant in the RR because they attend the class to develop skills for their general ed classes.  
  6. The students must raise their hands to ask to leave their seat for any reason. There is only one student allowed out of the room at a time. Have a colorful wooden block by the door for them to take; it serves as a hall pass for the restroom. Students take the block when they leave the room. You always know if someone is out, where they are, and teachers in the hall will know they have permission to be there.  
  7. Never allow food, including gum; it distracts from learning and class discussions. Keep phones, iPods, etc. in the teacher's desk.  
  8. When students have questions, they raise their hands and wait to be acknowledged. Only allow talking for group discussions or when the bell has rung for next class.  
  9. When the lessons are complete, free time can include working a puzzle, using an approved website, reading a book, or playing a game with another student at their desks. 
  10. Use several teaching approaches to reach students’ learning styles in auditory, tactile, and visual modalities. Organizing students in pairs helps them practice and refine their knowledge while having a little fun.

There are wonderful websites that can help you organize your Resource Room life.

Leave a message below; send me your favorite tips for managing your SPED classroom.

Neva

Grant Name: Let’s ALL Play Partnership

Funded By: National Inclusion Project   

Description:  Let’s ALL Play brings an inclusive recreational experience to children with disabilities. As a national leader in the movement toward full inclusion, the National Inclusion Project is proud to partner with community organizations that are seeking to programmatically open doors for ALL children to learn, live, and play together. Through training, consulting, and funding, the Project will meet organizations where they are and help them to implement quality programs that impact children and families in their communities.

Program Areas:   Disabilities, Special Education

Eligibility:  Public School, Private School, Higher Education, Other

Proposal Deadline:  7/31/2016

Average Amount: $10,000.00

Address: 104 T.W. Alexander Dr, Bldg 1, PO Box 110104 RTP, NC 27709

E-mail: aronhall@inclusionprojects.org

Website: National Inclusion Project

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