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Question for Teachers

I am in college and will be student teaching this semester, I have a K-1 classroom as my first placement with a variety of classifications from speech/language impairment to bi-polar and EBD. 

I myself have ADHD and I really am motivated to do the best job I can do with the children.  I just need to keep myself organized and on top of things.  I know just being a teacher has you running around with a thousand things to do at times.  I have a lot of trouble remembering things when there is a lot going on, and I also have trouble keeping on top of what needs to get done (time management).  I am doing a lot of at home things, like white boards and giant calendars and lists, but I want to know from some teachers in the field what are some good tips because this is my first time in control of a classroom!!

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Have the IEP’s at your finger tips, but in a locked drawer in your desk. Refer to them often, so you become aware of the needs of your students. Designate a time during the day everyday to document incidents and observations so you can refer to these things during CSE meetings. Utilize all of your resources and just be kind and respectful of your students. That is what will help to build a rapport and trust with them.

Posted by Speduc8r on Aug 29, 2014 at 7:00pm

I have ADD and I’ve been teaching for 7 years now.  I find developing habits takes a lot of work.  It’s harder for an ADDer to develop time management habits than non-ADDers, but you can.  I started by making a daily checklist with approximate times on it.  But since 30 minutes can feel like 5 minutes it didn’t do much good without looking at the clock.  I have several clocks around the room. I used to to wear a sports watch.  I’d set the timer for 10 minutes.  The students start to ignore the beeping after a while (or you can buy a vibrating timer to wear on your waste, anything to get your attention to remind you to look at your list).  But that way every 10 minutes it would go off and I’d check my list or ask myself, what do I need to be doing right now or moving on to.  What should be a 1 minute explanation can lead to a 10 minute tangent.  I no longer use the timer and am pretty good at staying on target.
Make your own roster that you can have at our fingertips.  The first column is a notes column with info about your kids.  All kids should have something so anyone can see it and not know what it is.  Codes - DD - ADD, DS - dyslexia, OR - on task reminders, SD - SpEd, E1 - ESL 1st year, E2 - ESL 2nd year, BA - bathroom anytime,  etc. than put various letters next to the other students that mean nothing. You can carry it around with you.  I have it at my teacher workstation at the front of the class for quick reference.  You won’t need it after a while.  Make a complete summary spreadsheet for your IEP data .  Columns are on-task reminders, pref seating, OA, Mod test, calculator, etc.  You have data at a glance without having to go through a stack of IEPs.  I have 44 out of 105 kids with paperwork this year.  Hope this helps.

Posted by deb5691 on Aug 30, 2014 at 2:25pm

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