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Over 40 first year teacher struggles
Old 08-30-2019, 03:06 PM
 
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I am totally lost. I am 45 years old and just started my first teaching assignment in Special Education this week. I pick up information here and there and I feel as though I am not catching on as fast as I should and that other people notice it too. I work with a group of Sped teachers and since they know what they are doing, it is hard for them to pause and explain things to someone new to Sped. I don't want to appear incompetent but I already feel inadequate, too old and perhaps my brain may not pick this up quickly enough. I think I am the oldest person in the group and of course the less experienced person. They've done Sped for years. I also struggle with knowing the ins and outs of school and feel like I don't know what is going on at all. I feel like an odd ball all the time and people know it. I feel mentally slow. My family and friends have told me I will get past this but I just don't feel like I will.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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