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anony-speded 06-09-2010 02:49 PM

When do we feel success...
This is my 3rd year teaching elementary pull-out and I still feel like I'm not getting the hang of it. I was assembling student work and realize I don't have enough work samples. So much of what we do is hands on that I'm not sure how to demonstrate it. I feel like half the time I have things under control and the other half I'm totally faking it. When will it start to feel like I know what I'm doing?

I want to be more organized but I can barely stay on top of everything that's required. I want to push my kids further but it feels like we're taking steps back. I know there's not a magic solution but I want to feel some measure of success.

blueheron 06-10-2010 04:58 AM

Documentation and small moments....
I also do pullout and inclusion, and generally do feel pretty good about what I do. I think that a lot of it has to do with my willingness to see student growth from multiple perspectives, and not just academics. They have made academic growth, but it tends to be more slow and is not often reflected formal assessments.

I think that in special education small moments are huge. For example, one of my students told me that he felt sad that he wasn't going on the field trip to the beach. (The beach trip was just for students who participated in certain programs, which he doesn't.) For him to correctly identify and express his feelings in words and facial expressions and body language was truly significant. I wrote a note to his parents about it, and got a very sweet note back.

I have had to do a lot of documentation this year because I am working on an advanced teaching certification. I took many photographs of student work and students working in various situations. All the evidence has to be uploaded anyhow to be submitted. Reviewing the photographs has helped me figure out if there were other learning elements going on or what else I could be doing.

grace slick 06-11-2010 07:27 PM

well, as said before, little steps are what makes a difference. What makes the big difference is to keep a record or where the students begin and where they end. It is hard to see growth when you are in the midst of it. Just remember that if you weren't successiful you wouldn't have a job;)

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