Our Resource Room on a Daily Basis
In order to deliver quality special education instruction it is critical to have well written paperwork. An Evaluation Report(ER) and an Individualized Educational Program(IEP) are the roadmaps to delivering specialized instruction. Everything in this classroom starts with laying a good foundation that starts with plans that are detailed to meet each individual’s personal needs.
Building Relationships- It is important for students and staff to know that this room is not a dictatorship or that I’m some type of one person fix all. Darcy Loeschen works as the paraprofessional in my room and is basically an extension of myself who lends expertise in many areas of this classroom. We work hard to get to know all of our students and build a level of trust with whoever is assigned to the classroom.
NOTE: WE ARE NOT HERE TO SIMPLY ASSIST STUDENTS IN COMPLETING HOMEWORK!
Abilities and Struggles- We work to gather information on the strengths and weaknesses of our students. By doing this we can develop goals and expectations that our kids work to achieve. Some goals, such as IEP goals are measured, but others are set to assist students in an effort to overcome other obstacles in their lives.
Overcoming Obstacles- Many of our kids face challenges in their lives that are not easily solved. We work with students on a daily basis to solve problems that can lead to bad days, nights, weeks, or months. It is critical that each of our students who leaves the grounds on a daily basis has the ability to develop solutions to problems they encounter.
Self-Advocacy, Self-Confidence, and Self-Actualization- Developing self-advocacy skills and building self-confidence is a key component to students being successful in and outside of the school building. When students know their weaknesses or have questions about topics it is critical for them to state their difficulties in order to seek assistance in overcoming obstacles. If a student can leave our classroom feeling good about themselves and their abilities we feel confident about their ability to clear hurdles they face in life. However, we also need to help students comprehend what they are not capable of in life for the purpose of learning self-actualization skills.
Transition Skills- Preparing students for the future, and not just the next grade, is a requirement for our older kids but also something that we work toward with all in the classroom. Having career goals and dreams are great for all students, but having the self-actualization skills to realize their personal potential in the working world is a key to individual success. Being a productive citizen in the working world is a frequent point of discussion in the resource room.
Creating Smiles- Dealing with the challenge of a less than enthusiastic mood is a common occurrence in the resource room. Simply helping a student to smile or look at the positive side of things can be one of the most rewarding parts of working with kids in school. Having a sense of humor, especially during stressful times has proven to be a helpful tool in the lives of many of our students.
Organizing Students- Organization is a frequent and constant struggle for many of the students in the resource room. Items may be forgotten at home or in a locker. On some days completed work is misplaced but on others it simply isn’t finished. Students may become overwhelmed by expectations and fail to complete things or they may choose to avoid finishing what is assigned to them. We work to make sure the students know what is expected of them and work with them to strategize what type of organizational system works best for them.
It is entirely possible that I have missed something, at this time, we do to assist kids in their journey through high school. In the end, we’re doing our best to put our students in a position to be successful now and in the future.
Feel free to contact me at (507)477-3235 ex 267 if you have any questions.