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Posted on February 21, 2015 8:02 pm
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yjugeM
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Too Many Adults In the Room
One day a week for about 40 minutes I have 6 adults in the classroom. It is an ESE setting and my students are distracted enough without all of the extra bodies in the room. All of the adults are circulating the room. It is too much for my students to deal with. I don't know how to approach this.
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted February 21, 2015 11:46 pm

uLuqup
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It is likely that the adults are present because they are told to be there by the "higher ups." Thus, if you believe it is an issue for your students, the first step I would take is to talk to your ESE departmenent head. If they cannot directly fix the problem for you, then they should be able to contact someone (an AP) who can. These adults were most likely placed there for the well-being of the students and their learning. However, if you, as the classroom teacher in the room, sees that having 6 is not necessary then I would think your opinion would be valued.
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Solution 2
Posted February 22, 2015 10:34 pm

Luvyba
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If you have spoken to the head of the department and they have decided that it is not possible to spread the adults out throughout the day, then you could give them jobs to do. They could be in charge of any tasks that you may need help with, do not have time for or simply cannot do because it requires leaving the classroom. Also, you could find your students with the highest needs and have an adult assigned to each student to personally help them through instructions and assignments or other tasks.
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Candice Greene
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This is a good idea, this way it will not disrupt all the students in the class.
  Posted on: February 27, 2015 6:54 pm

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Solution 3
Posted February 22, 2015 9:59 pm

uGyLuD
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You could figure out what each student needs help with and what each person is there for. Lets say one needs help with math, one reading, and one is flexible, etc. Considering most of your students probably need help daily, you could possibly coordinate where you have maybe 1 or 2 adults at a time and coordinate a good time for each adult to come in that will still benefit the student. This could possibly eliminate so many people at once.
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Natisha
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I think that it is best to see if the problem can be handled before going to higher ups.
  Posted on: February 27, 2015 6:54 pm

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Solution 4
Posted February 21, 2015 9:16 pm

Hebehu
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I would come up with a schedule that would rotate the adults throughout the week instead of having them all on one day. If there is more than one adult at a time, you could have one sitting in the back grading papers or working one on one with a student in another room. I would also just explain to the adults the issues of the students being distracted. Most likely the adults are there because they want to help and want what is best for the students as well.
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uGyLuD
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This is a good idea, however, most students in an ESE setting need daily help.
  Posted on: February 22, 2015 9:59 pm

Natisha
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This solution might not be the best because instead of one day of distractions, there would be multiple days.
  Posted on: February 27, 2015 6:52 pm

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Solution 5
Posted October 5, 2015 1:03 am

TuBuJy
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I would have the adults assigned to a student and "buddy up" to help them stay focused on an assignment. I would not have the adults circulating the room because that gets the students nervous. Making the students feel special by having them assigned to an adult will help the students stay focused. It is only for 40 minutes and the students will most likely look forward to it every week because they know that that person is coming to see them and work with them.
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