Wow, 3 extra kids this year make a huge difference! AHHHHH!

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  1. sammyrams

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    In my classroom I have 8 students with a range of physical and cognitive disabilities. I am considered multi needs and the students in my program are the lowest cognitively in the district. They really all need 1:1's. I have 3 aides and myself.

    It has really been a challenge this year with so many students and so few of us, especially when it comes to giving the aides their breaks and lunches. We are going, going, going all day to keep up with the needs and behaviors that any lack of two extra hands is a huge challenge.

    I have been trying to split up my activities into groups, pairing a really low functioning student with a higher functioning student to make it easier on all of us when working with two students. It seems ok, but wondering if anyone had any other suggestions.
     
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  3. mom2mikey

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    No suggestions Sammy but I can't imagine. When I started in this job I had 8 students, myself and 4 learning assistants and I found it very difficult as it seemed that all we could manage most days was basic care and then a small amount of actual programming. And that with a whole extra set of hands then what you have. I hope there are people who can offer some ideas.
     
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    I can totally relate. Last year I had 10 students with 3 aides, this year I have 14 with 3 aides and Special Ed is going to make me share one of my aides with another class!! I have my kids in similar ability level groups b/c if I don't then I end up spending more energy and time with the lower student. When they are working independently (puzzles, blocks, etc..) they are in mixed ability level groups so the higher level children can assist the lower level kids. With the addition of 4 new students and the craziness of the beginning of the year I'm barely staying above water so I can't in any way let on that this method is working well :)
     

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