Archive for the ‘Special Education’ Category

  • 6 Ways to Rekindle Your Love for Teaching

    on Jun 4, 15 • in Ask a Teacher, Policy, Special Education • with Comments

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    If you’re a teacher you know that the saying that “those that can’t do teach” is a complete falsehood. Teaching entails more than just providing instruction, especially if you’re a special education teacher. The pressure to make better test scores while creating content that appeals to multiple intelligences while providing 21st century skills and writing Individual Education Plans (IEPs) can get exhausting. This is especially true if you attempt to get all of this done with no real planning time, because you end up staying up far too late trying to make everything work, from lesson plans

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  • Inclusion Students – The Elephant in the Room

    on May 27, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, High School, High School, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, Middle School, Special Education • with Comments

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    There has been great controversy for many years over the inclusion of special education students in the regular education classroom. Some parents are afraid that inclusion students will negatively impact their child’s education. Mainstream education teachers sometimes voice concerns over whether or not they can teach these students when they have no background in special education. Special education teachers often are concerned that “their” students will be lost in a regular classroom. What I believe everyone should be thinking about is how we best educate all students. As I discuss the good and bad experiences that

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  • 9 Ways to Keep Calm and Soothe the Angry Parent

    on Apr 9, 15 • in Ask a Teacher, Educator Professionalism, Middle School, Special Education • with Comments

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    When you decided to become a teacher, you did it to change the lives of children. You never imagined that attached to those children, you might find parents with endless questions, some of which go well beyond the scope of your classroom, or that some parents might get more difficult than planning lessons. Unfortunately, we all come in contact with an angry parent sometimes, and it takes some skill and tactical reasoning to navigate those choppy waters. Dealing with an upset parent can take up some time and can take an emotional toll, but if

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  • How-to Guide for Surviving as a Special Education Teacher

    on Mar 31, 15 • in Educator Professionalism, Featured, Special Education • with Comments

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    I began working as a special education teacher almost 8 years ago. I came into this job wanting to change children and desiring to make a huge impact on young folk’s lives. Previously, I worked as a Caseworker at a local Social Services agency taking applications for public assistance and I hated the job. I hated the job because the applications came pouring in more and more heavily every year and because very few people out there actually got out of the rut they were stuck in, either because lack of skills to get and keep

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  • Tips for Parents: Conquering Common Core Math: 8 Tips to Use at Home

    on Mar 24, 15 • in Common Core, Featured, Mathematics, Special Education • with Comments

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    I teach students who fall far below grade level in math and parents tell me all the time how impossible Common Core Math concepts are. They don’t even get it, so how can they help their children? But math itself doesn’t change–the way we look at it does. If you want to help your children with math, you might find the answer more simple than you think. 8 Tips for Conquering Common Core Math at Home Ask your child what he or she learned every day and ask for an example. If your child has trouble

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