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Special Ed Teacher Questions
Old 02-27-2019, 08:44 AM
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I am a new special ed teacher that is taking over an inclusion position for the last few months of the 2018-2019 school year. I just obtained my intern teaching certificate and will start taking courses within a program that will allow me to obtain my teaching certificate. As a first year teacher and not having any experience, I have been thinking about a few things.

I understand students have goals included in their IEP that *should* be met by the end of the school year. I know special ed teachers can change their instruction and teaching strategies to break concepts down for those with learning disabilities. They can also find different ways to explain topics and concepts hopefully making it easier that students with learning disabilities can understand and hopefully master the concept.

I have heard that special ed students are normally not 'held back' because they don't understand specific topics or concepts or if their IEP goals are not met. I was thinking about it this morning. If students are not held back, but also don't understand concepts or aren't getting a specific topic relating to their IEP goal, it is noted that the goal is not met and the student moves on to the next grade level. I am placed within a sixth grade special ed inclusion position. What I'm curious about is students being moved to seventh and then eighth grade. What happens when students are still having difficulty with concepts from sixth grade when they enter high school? I know they can continue special ed services with an IEP within high school too, but how is this possible? Some concepts need to be understood to move to future concepts. It seems like it would be much harder to move on to the next grade level without understanding a previous taught concept last year.

Also, how long should a special education teacher continue to teach or help reinforce concepts before moving on and realizing students will not be able to grasp specific concepts? Is there a specific rule or is it subjective depending on a special education teacher's opinions and decisions? How does this relate to my situation by taking over a position toward the end of the school year? Should I continue trying to 'teach' and help students understand concepts this far into the year?

I apologize for the long post, but I'm curious about this. I'm sure I will think of many other questions too as I continue to learn more about this position and be as prepared as possible.

Any other tips or suggestions? Thanks!

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