Friday, August 23, 2013


YIKES! the beginning of the school year! Being a resource specialist requires a lot of planning and organizing, but the beginning of the year is also a time to observe, wait, listen, and watch. While I would like to have my schedule set in stone, and start organizing activities, and teaching, it cannot happen right off the bat.
The goal is to help the kids be successful in their general education class. That may look quite different for each child. I have spent this week

  • Listening to parents, and gathering information about preferred activities
  • Scheduling paraeducators with new children on the autism spectrum
  • Listening to teachers voice concerns over new programs
  • Scheduling all my IEP's for the year
  • Giving an ice cream party for kids who filled their summer reading chart
  • Listening to children tell what's in their "Me Box"
  • Checking from Kindergarten to 6th grade to see how everyone is settling in(including teachers)
  • Attending Writer's Workshop inservice
  • Listening to specialists brainstorming ideas for behavior issues
  • Completing Interim placement forms for new students
  • Listening to the sound of the lunchroom buzzing with the excitement, as well as the frustrations of a new school year.......
Did I say listening?
As I get more and more experienced in this  job, I think I am finally realizing that at the beginning of the year, it will not all come together neatly and quickly in the first week or two. I have to get a feel for all the class communities, new staff and kids, and slowly form my schedule and get ready to dive into the new school year. I will leave the kids in their math classes for the First 20 Days to learn the fabulous games and routines, even though their work will have to be modified. I will watch a new student throughout the day before tweaking a behavior chart to fit her personality and the teacher's style. And I will listen. To teachers, to parents, to children.....
And enjoy the best job in town!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Charlie is on sale!

The TPT sale is on, so all of my stuff is 28% off for two days.
I have ordered several of the books for my primary reading group, and can't wait to do the art project!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Back to Reality and Sale

Time to arrange some furniture, read some files on new cool students, and see how the TPT sale treats us all! I have some reading and writing goodies on my wishlist.....and here are some pages from my best-selling How to Be a Resource Specialist Manual.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Greetings from Poipu

I bought a couple of children's books at the Costco in Lihue at the start of our know how we teachers just can't resist children's picture books!
Too Many Mangos by Tammy Paikai has adorable pictures and a sweet message about sharing. G is for Gecko by Don Robinson also has fabulous fun pictures and cute ABC connections.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

"Where's the Bacon?" is finished! How exciting is your Saturday night?

I am going to post this for free until midnight Pacific time.....please leave feedback on my TPT store! If you grab it, I will know that your Saturday night is as exciting as mine!
Ree Drummond is a talented author and really knows kids. This is such a sweet book; I cannot wait to read it with my students and have basset hounds and bacon all over my classroom!