My philosophy and goal in teaching is to teach to all students at their level. The only way this is possible is to have a good data collection system in place, and the willingness to be creative, patient, and adaptable. Open communication is critical between the general education teacher, other staff that work with the student, and the family.
My trainings are on-going. I attend the trainings on curriculum, because it is always necessary to see the curriculum as they would have you teach, and then important to ask questions or come up with ways that it will fit into the resource room. My time with the students is not as long as what some of the lesson plans are designed for. Therefore, I need to find the most effective way to teach the lesson or skill, and then make it fit.
Technology is ever changing. My students should not be excluded from learning and working with technology - but that was the case in the past. I believe that some students are more successful when using different strategies and tools. The classic pencil and paper scenario doesn’t always give them the best opportunity to learn. Some need a hands-on approach, and some need to have a lot of visual stimulation. If a resource room is going to be effective, you must incorporate both. I have been successful in my room because I am not afraid to incorporate technology or change my teaching styles. I was also instrumental in getting the entire school on board with technology. It took begging, pleading and showing research to get the ball rolling - I wasn’t afraid to be the person the took on that role.
Implementing a school-wide program takes individuals such as myself to be willing to collaborate with other teachers and be prepared to learn a new system. Our school has been very successful with our new RTI system in place. While others would talk about the fact that we needed to change in order to best serve all students, it took myself and the RTI team to go after it.
Not only do we now have...