Minister Bruton announced that the new model for allocation of resource teachers would be implemented from next September. This post is a quick overview of the new model and how it will differ from the current model. Current model Child receives diagnosis of special educational need from an educational psychologist School applies to the Special […]
While working as a resource teacher, I have found social groups are brilliant for children who need to develop appropriate social and behavioural skills. This year, myself and another resource teacher are working together to facilitate this social skills group with a number of the children we are working with. Social skills groups enable the […]
A child taught me this card game which is really great fun and requires children to really concentrate. He didn’t have a name for it but I’m going to call it King, Queen, Jack, Ace. The good thing about this game is that its all about luck and the luck can change very quickly.
I’ve just finished another set of weekly plans for resource. I find planning weekly works best for me as things can change a lot from one week to another but it can be very time consuming. I’ve also found that over the past few weeks I’ve been trying to do too much in the sessions – […]
If you are working as a resource teacher you are probably in the middle of writing up your IEPs. These usually need to be completed by the start/middle of October. So instead of writing mine – I’ve decided to procrastinate… The IEP’s are a programme of work that you design to cater for the needs […]
We’ve been back 4 weeks at this stage and I’ve spent a lot of the last four weeks getting to know the children I’ll be working with this year. I’ve read their reports, met their parents, met other professionals (speech and language therapists) observed them in class, spoken to their class teachers, and of course […]
I’ve received a lot of messages from teachers wondering about the different activities/ resources that I would recommend for developing social skills so I plan on writing about them here.
I was in Smyths today picking up a birthday present for a four year old when I came to the board games/puzzles area. I think board games are brilliant for the resource room for social skills (turn taking, winning and losing etc.) as well as language and communication and problem solving skills. It helps children […]
We returned to school last Monday – no children just meetings, classroom set up and handover of information. The children arrived on Tuesday and by Friday I was exhausted. Overall it was a successful week, we did a lot of setting up in the resource rooms, organising resources for the children we would be working […]
Making a timetable for resource can be tricky. The resource hour allocations were cut by 15% a few years ago. I find it best to work in minutes rather than hours so I’ve made this table which you might find helpful. It includes the new allocations (-15%) and the minutes that the child is entitled […]