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  • Budget Crisis: Tips for the Overwhelmed Special Educator

    on Feb 3, 16 • in Educator Professionalism, Featured, Special Education • with Comments

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    How much is too much to expect from a special education teacher? Overwhelmed teachers across the country are reporting that the current budget crisis is impacting their ability to serve the students on their caseloads effectively. In many states, there is not set limit to the number of students a teacher may have on their caseload, so as the education budget gets downsized year after year, the solution in many school is to increase class sizes and caseloads for special education teachers. In 2013, a survey conducted by the Council for Exceptional Children showed that

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  • The Experts Among Us: The Value of Mentorship

    on Jan 29, 16 • in Ask a Teacher, Educator Professionalism, Special Education • with Comments

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    My first year of teaching, I knew nothing about teaching. I had a vague concept of what teaching looked like based on television shows, movies, and books. As a lateral entry teacher, I had to study and take a test that demonstrated my understanding of child development, special education, and the tenets of teaching and learning. As someone who had always done well with tests, I aced those bad boys, but that did not mean that I knew what teaching would really be like. Were it not for a really great mentor, my colleagues, my passion,

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  • Under the Guise of Inclusion

    on Nov 20, 15 • in Featured, Management, Special Education • with Comments

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    I remember the days in the 1960’s and 70’s when Special Education was not even a word, and anyone that had disabilities was rarely seen or heard. I’m so thankful today that we have so many programs that help students with disabilities, but as state budgets get tighter, the push for more special support staff reduction is becoming the norm. The result seems to be larger class sizes, less Para support and an unreasonable higher rate of Inclusion than ever before.  Seasoned teachers are reporting that this trend has been steadily climbing for years and has

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  • Why I Fled Special Ed (and How to Fix It)

    on Aug 20, 15 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Policy, Special Education • with Comments

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    At the end of last year, I had had enough of my job. After eight years as an expert Special Education teacher, I felt that I could no longer do my job and stay sane. I wanted out! I knew from previous experiences that, despite my certifications and work history, I would not easily get a position outside of Special Education within the walls of any building in that same school district. The need for people like me to work as Special Education Teachers versus the need for Language Arts or Math teachers is disproportionately high

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  • 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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