Special Ed Pre-K Teacher Needs Help!!!!

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  1. amylibra13

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    I am in California. I'm a first year special ed pre-k teacher in a public school. I have taught preschool for 10 years, but this is my first time teaching pre-k SDC. I have 10 students at a time and one paraprofessional. I have a mild/moderate credential but most of my students seem to not fall into that category (based on observations from the SLP and OT). Most of my students have autism as primary disability and speech/lang impair as a second. I have 16 students on my case load (but not 16 in the classroom at a time). The district did not give me any materials or curriculum. I got 2 old bookshelves, some chairs and 2 tables. That was all. No books, no pre-k shelving (like 30" laminate shelves), no instructional programming, no toys, puzzles, manipulatives. I don't know how they expect to meet everyone's goals with this environment. Also they are expecting me to help these children toilet learn, I have no toilet in my classroom (or even sink for that matter) and when we take the students to the restroom we need to abide by the rule of 3 (2 adults one child/ to ensure there is always witness to protect both the child and adult). I am feeling so overwhelmed and need some advice. i have a mentor, but she is the k-3 SPED teacher. I have bought lots of materials for my classroom after being fed up after a month (I labeled everything), this was only because I was fortunate to be able to afford some materials. I'm not really sure to turn any advice would be helpful.
     
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    Sounds like you have a few different issues. For classroom materials/furniture, that's a district issue. Talk to your principal, spec ed department, preschool dept, whoever is in charge of budgets to help. If there's no funding, do a donate page online for classroom materials. I follow the blog "considerate classroom" for lots of prek spec ed activities, most of which can be purchased at the dollar tree.

    For the bathroom issue, I would talk to your principal about providing an extra person to assist with toileting. That way you can stay in your room and have 2 paras take students for bathroom breaks. We don't have to do the "rule of 3" here....even in the FMD classrooms, 1 para just goes in and does diaper changes. Plus, everyone is toilet training or needs help in preschool.

    My classroom has 19 students, a blend of mild/mod/severe. I teach 2 sessions, so I have a total of 38. I definitely feel you on having a high case load. It's a lot to differentiate and a lot of materials to create. Let me know if you have more specific questions about managing everything!
     
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    How many paras do you have?
     
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    I have 2 paras for 19 kiddos.
     

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