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Wow that last question was a touchy one.
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I love my group time because I do a lot of songs.

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All my students have MAC switches to use. They also have switches that hook up to a computer so they can turn pages and do some games.


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I had 2 old macs the kids could use, but had to give them back because there is no space to set them up. I have a small room that I now share with another teacher. I can check out laptops if they aren't be used by a classroom at the time. Otherwise they use my teacher computer or 1 old, donated laptop for typing papers only. No internet accessibility on that one.


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I love Lexia, just can't get this district to get it. Oh well, maybe next year.



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Thanks, Linda! I have 8 student computers in my room - 4 new and 4 scrounged - to use a computer-based reading instruction program called Lexia, for which the recommended usage is 45 minutes 2x/week. Having finally gotten computers with which to use this program (which I find to be very effective as an adjunct to direct instruction), my schedule was changed to the point where it's not possible to use it during my classes; having gone from a daily 90-minute Language Arts class to a daily 50-minute Reading class, the use of Lexia has been relegated to the Language Arts teachers during independent reading, as it was determined that my time could be better spent on instruction than monitoring a computer program.

At least they're there, and one of the teachers who ended up with a large group of my students during her regular ed Language Arts class is going to send them down to use it, and the other teachers who have the kids in my reading classes (I went from 1 90-minute, multi-grade LA class to 4 single-grade, 50-minute Reading class - 2 6th, 1 7th, and 1 8th) have agreed to let the kids use the program as well, mostly in the library, as I am teaching during an elective period, which means that the other 2 grades have LA when I'm teaching Reading, and my room just isn't that big, that I could have kids from another class in the back of the room (3 feet from the student desks) using Lexia while I'm trying to teach kids who'd rather be on Lexia than learning about vowel circles, phonetic decoding, or reading books at their level, which is low enough that many of the materials are aimed at much younger kids.

I do like ESL materials for that reason - they have some of the best high-interest, low-vocabulary stuff I've seen.

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My class has 3 student computers (one with a touch screen) and then a computer for me. I begged and was lucky enough to find an extra Elmo/projector- however I don't really have the space to set it up this year- so we haven't used it much. Gen ed is about to get Smart Boards, but when we asked for them, we were told they cost too much.

The history in the district is to skip over spec ed classrooms when it comes to technology, but we started making a big stink over it for a couple of years. I had to start by taking ANYTHING left over by other teachers, then complaining that it didn't work, and then we started getting considered when other classes got things. Our assistive tech consultant is only in the district one DAY a week...and she isn't that tech savvy. So, I have started pushing for more of that service for students and recommending the stuff myself (and usually I can get her to just agree).

For communication, one kid has an Ipod touch with Proloquo2go (his own property), we also have a 4 celled VOD, and a couple of the single touch pocket communicators.

My next step is trying to get software for the computers so we have some more options of activities and things to use when on the computer.

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Oh my gosh, that's just so wrong! I'm so sorry you have to put up with that, but your students are lucky to have a teacher that cares about them and the problems they face.

I have re-read your post 3 times trying to think of anything I could personally do to help, or even a suggestions for you, and I can't think of a one (which is out of character for me). Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

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Linda, we're an at-risk school too - and the buildings in the north (high SES) end of the district are much better equipped than we are. The building I teach in was building in the early 70s, and a couple of years ago the district allocated $50,000 to update the building to the level of the northern schools... that barely covered rewiring so we had ethernet drops and enough plugs in each room. Meanwhile, the schools north of us have 3-5 times as many computers, smart boards in every room (we have 1 in the building, and we're not supposed to use it, it's for a program that rents the room... and what good is it if you can only use it once a month in rotation with other teachers anyway), and buildings that cause our students who visit there to ask why our school is so "ghetto" (and yes, that's the word they use). And given the recent announcement that the district has to cut another $25 million this year, it's not going to change any time soon.

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Wow Karenteacher and JGMK55- that bites. I don't have a classroom, I provide most of the services in the classrooms or I pull them out. Each student has a mac laptop assigned to him/her. We are considered a school district in crisis so we got a lot of grants in the last 3 years trying to improve test scores and graduation rates. (The school population in the 4 schools I provide services to are 28, 23, 10, and 7. That's students k-12). Each school has smart boards in the classroom(s), but I have no idea how to use one.

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JGMK55 - I'm right there with you. My room is always the last one to get anything, and I work in a school that gets the last of everything anyway. I was still using an overhead when every other room in the school had digital cameras and projectors; by the time I got a projector half the teachers in the school had smart carts (a cart with a camera, projector, netbook, and all the necessary connections). I have one now solely because I got it from a retiring teacher. Last year I was trying to get my students through a multimedia project on 10 year-old iMacs, while everyone else in the school was using brand new PCs - then I got ripped for not using the same program they used... a program that only runs on PCs.

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Maybe it is just in my state but we keep hearing about how our kids have to be 21st century learners which includes technology. That may be a way to get it in their IEPs as needing it or to get your school to provide you with some resources. Another way to get things is to write grants.
Hopefully someone in your district will see the research on how successful technology is with students with disabilities and make some changes.
Fortunately my district is big on technology because of the 21st century learner thing. I used to just get the computers when they upgraded the regular classrooms, but now I have a smartboard, two laptops, two older imacs, an ipod nano, three ipod shuffles, my teacher laptop, I use the lab four times a week to teach typing and I can check out the mobile lab. I also use my ownipod touch with some of my students with autism.

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I give you all permission to drop your jaw aghast - the only technology I have in my classroom is an overhead I took from a retiring teacher! That's it. I have asked for computers, a smart board, and lots of other stuff. Each time I have been told "if it's not on the IEP we can't just give it to you and if the students don't 'need' it, you can't put it on the IEP." Did I mention most of the gen ed classes have smart boards, multiple computers, and so much other stuff to enhance learning that it isn't funny? Don't get me started!

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I have a SMART board that I use daily with my students. We have two student computers that are also used daily.

In our rushed orders that we are supposed to put in, I am asking for a SMART document camera to be purchased for our school to share (only about 20 classrooms and 50 students K-12; it would probably be used by myself, the other 2 middle schools, the hs science teacher, and maybe elementary) I don't know if we will be able to get it, but I would love to have one!

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What technology do you have in your class? What do you use?

I use touch screens, have a promethian board that I am learning to use. Have Big Mack buttons. This year most of my students are verbal so don't need too much technology beyond the usual computers and those programs.

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Hey, that sounds like my class too! She'll take care of it. emoticon


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I live in western NY and teach a multi-grade middle school 12:1:1 class (moderate to severe). Prior to this placement I taught 15:1 middle school for 10 years (loved it). Although I thoroughly enjoy what I am doing, my class ends up being the dumping ground for those kids they aren't sure where they belong or who don't "fit" anywhere else.

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I live in upstate NY and am a speech therapist for low-functioning multiply handicapped students. Most are visually impaired, nonverbal and in wheel chairs.


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I would spend the next couple of days looking over what you currently have and try to remember what you've used the most of. Then I'd try to make sure I have lots of what ever that was. You can also ask to look at the purchase orders the previous teacher submitted, some schools/districts keep them in an easily accessible spot.

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This year I got a $50 reimbursement from our PTO - so used for expendable items like glue, markers, crayons, and hand sanitizers. I got a $50 reimbursement from Faculty senate that I used for cause and effect toys from TJMAXX for my new beginner student. And I got $110 from the county and I just ordered science games and materials that will cover topics in our state mandated testing. We are going to be testing our severe and profound level students "online" in 2012. So getting them used to responding to touch screens and Intelli-boards. Interesting.

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I also stocked up on art supplies so I could stop buying them out of pocket.

KT- I see you do a lot of science- make sure you are stocked up on materials for experiments- hands on stuff is always the most fun!


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It does depend a lot on what you teach. Games that are subject orientated are good ways to review material, basics that have been mentioned before help. One thing I would do is ask other teachers that teach the same as you do what they would recommend.

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Yes, nonfiction books on science and social studies topics so they can learn the same curriculum and read it at their level. Otherwise, I agree with the basics; folders, notebook paper, etc.


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I work in a low-income, high-needs area - I start with basic school supplies, paper, pencils, markers, composition and/or spiral notebooks, folders, binders - all the things that my students are likely to need and not have, or not have enough.

Teaching materials are widely variant, and are going to depend on what you're teaching, what curriculum (if any) your district/school uses or mandates, the ages/needs of your students, etc. Books for the kids to read at a wide variety of levels and topics are a must!

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Thanks, Linda!

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What materials/supplies are essential in the last and/or first weeks of school? We were told to turn in an order with everything we will need to finish this year and start next year, because they are afraid the $ will be frozen with budget cuts. As a first year teacher, and next Aug being my first first week of school, I'm not sure what I need to order!! Please share your thoughts! Thanks, Kim

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I teach in bush (very rural) Alaska. I teach special ed at 4 different k-12 schools. I work 50% of my time in Arctic Village, 25% of my time in Circle, and the other 25 is divided between Chalkyitsik and Stevens Villages. I'll spend a week in Arctic then a week in Circle, the next week in Arctic and then divided the next week between Stevens and Chalkyitsik. Then start the cycle all over again. These are all fly in villages.

I am in charge of teaching everything from speech (our speech pathologist visits each village once a quarter), life-skills, OT, PT, math reading, health, PE, if it needs taught, I've taught it or I will teach it someday, (what needs to be done daily or more often then when I am there, or what I can't work on over the internet (Skype) or the VTC (Video Tele Conferencing) I teach the teacher and/or teachers (two of the schools only have one teacher).

I am responsible for all the sped paperwork for all four sites. I also teach a general ed math class for the lowest level middle school age students at one of the schools (when I'm there, when I'm not the aide teaches it, but I have to get all the materials together and grade the papers, etc). I also teach at least one reading group everyday at what ever site I am at.

When I am in Arctic I also am responsible for supervising the gym on Wednesday's. (The school opens the gym so the community has a place to go play some ball, talk, take showers (none of the homes have running water) and the kids can run around a play. On Friday's we open up and show a movie or hook up Wii's and/or X-boxes, and have board games and cards out, (teachers also supervise this) to give the kids and any adults who wants to participate a safe and warm place to interact.

I am also trying to get a speech class going on the VTC. Anyone with any good ideas? I need all the help I can get with this, I am so out of my comfort level with it, but I am hoping that this will cut down on the amount of traveling I have to do.

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As a first year teacher, with my degree being in Elementary ed, I definitely feel like I don't know what I need to know. Figured, since I have to learn it anyway, I might as well get my Master's while I'm doing it! Started classes this week. Professor the first night told me, even after I graduated, I would still feel like I didn't know what I needed to! LOL

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STAR_TERRA This is my sixth year of teaching autistic children and just when I think I figured it out, the kids change. I do know that music is a great tool to use with them to teach abstract concepts. Just plug along, you are doing better than you think!

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California here as well, and right now I teach teachers!

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I teach in California and I have an intervention class for 2/3 grades kids with autism. This is my fourth year doing this program, and I still don't know 1/10th of what I need to know.

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I teach in West Virginia in a self contained classroom, K - 5 severe and profound mental functioning, multiple handicaps,very low functioning autism, high risk health issues, any child that can reasonably fit into my room. I have been also use to provide an alternate place for mainstreamed children from regular classrooms. They have to bring their work and "teach" it to my students. Or they come and read and play games with my students during recess. I'm pretty popular with our troubled kids and our teachers.

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I also teach in Colorado. I teach K-3 moderate to severe needs. They come to me for core academics and as social and emotional needs dictate. They are in gen Ed for other subjects. Some with support and some without.

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I teach in Colorado, in a middle school (6-8). I teach 4 Reading classes and 1 period of push-in (inclusion) in 8th grade Language Arts. I've also taught math in the past, as recently as last year - but reading is my passion.

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I teach k-5 moderate level special ed. My kids spend part of their day with me and part of it in gen. ed. I have a mix of kids with autism and whatever else they send me.


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I teach in North Carolina and I teach Middle Grades self-contained EC/ Transition. My class is low-level ID-mild to moderate. My mentor has the higher level transition students, and we co-teach a lot of the science/ss topics.

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What state do you teach in and what do you teach?

I teach in Georgia and I teach a self-contained class for students with autism.

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We had a 2 hr. delay this week and I'm so glad. We made up 4 days at the end of last year and extended our day for 2 weeks to make up 1 more. We never build in days so they all go at the end. This ends up causing summer school dates to be moved and some teachers to miss the beginning of summer classes they've signed up for. I would rather go when the weather is crummy than go in June. We were nearly the only school in session Tues., but that's ok with me!


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We had two snow days before Christmas- Dec 16 & 17, which were made up on Dec 20 and Jan 3.

We were out this week, Monday-Thursday (went 2 hrs late today) and will make them up June 13, April 18, April 19, and March 4. They also took 2 annual leave days this week, so the rest of spring break is already taken by workdays. We will get Good Friday, and that is it.

This is probably moot, since we don't have any make-up days left in the calendar and our heavier snows are usually in February and March! Who knows what will happen.

Nice welcome to teaching! I can look at the calendar and see what they should do- we have two workdays Jan 24 and 25 that they could easily take instead of Spring Break, but that won't happen. Better to have those two days as workdays, then really be stuck extending the year into June emoticon

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We haven't had any yet... although we came close last Monday, one of the districts farther south where they got a little more snow closed for the day - they had about 10" to our 6". We have a couple of days baked into the schedule, as central Colorado generally has a snow day at least every other year. Sadly, though, if we don't need them, we still have to go to school those days!

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We have not had any snow days this year yet. I believe we have 5 built into the calendar and if we exceed those we have to come extra days at the end of the year. This happened last year in the district my sons go to. They lost their day after spring break and had to go two extra days to make up for the snow days we had.

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So far we have not exceeded our allotted snow days. If we do, we will start by losing spring break days. So there is an extra 5 available. We have had 4 delay days (school starts 2 hours late.) And, we had our first 2 hour early dismissal this week when snow was expected to start late in the school day. It was great. It did snow, but everyone was home in good time. Last year, we had 3 days that were declared snow days, when we could have gone if we had an early dismissal, so I think it was a learning curve. I would rather get in 3/4 of a day that I don't have to make up. Looking at a possible ice storm Monday night into Tuesday, so who knows, maybe a 4 day weekend.

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So far we have not exceeded our allotted snow days. If we do, we will start by losing spring break days. So there is an extra 5 available. We have had 4 delay days (school starts 2 hours late.) And, we had our first 2 hour early dismissal this week when snow was expected to start late in the school day. It was great. It did snow, but everyone was home in good time. Last year, we had 3 days that were declared snow days, when we could have gone if we had an early dismissal, so I think it was a learning curve. I would rather get in 3/4 of a day that I don't have to make up. Looking at a possible ice storm Monday night into Tuesday, so who knows, maybe a 4 day weekend.

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Purplespedcow- I'm happy for you. I don't know who make up days are worse for, teachers or the kids.

I'm just the opposite, I like the cold, I can't deal with the heat and or the humidity, for me 60 means shorts and tee-shirts.



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LAFFWITHLINDA: I don't think I would survive up there! I am a Southerner who thinks snow is pretty somewhere else and does not belong in the state of Georgia!
Just heard that we won't lose the February break because the state will forgive four days, so we only need to make up two days in March.

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I think if we had snow days where I live, we'd throw a big party! It did get all the way down to 42 degrees once, though.

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Snow days? In the 8 years I've been in bush Alaska we've had two snow days, one we were experiencing a blizzard with hurricane force winds and then the next day while we were digging out from under the 5 feet of snow with 20 foot drifts (the whole school was buried). If the temps get to -50 the students don't have to come to school, but the teachers are required to come in and open the school in case the kids show up. (the two days that I've experienced that extreme cold most of the kids came to school.)

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I'm in north Texas (Dallas) and we haven't had any snow days. We do have two days built into our calendar, one the Friday before Spring Break and Memorial Day. I think we've only needed to use both days once since I've been teaching (this is my 30th year).

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We haven't reached that point here yet. We've only had 2 snow days. Last year, we added 36 minutes to the school day for the following quarter. emoticon

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I have this thread on several other teams and it seems to help keep people active with the team. I just thought I would try it here. Any one can add a question dealing with education, exercise, diet, life, whatever.

I will start with a question:
How is your county dealing with the snow days?

My county is taking our February break and the two furlough days to make up the six days we missed (one before Christmas break and the week we missed this week). Can you tell I am from Atlanta area?

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