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Old 01-16-2006, 11:21 AM
 
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I 'm studying to be a special ed teacher I was wondering what the job enatils?


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Old 01-16-2006, 03:38 PM
 
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Well, it depends sometimes on what school district you're teaching in because your job would not always be the same in every school you work in. Anyway, I've worked as a special ed teacher in several schools and states. Most of the time, I worked with students who were the lowest functioning and the ones who had the most behavior problems. I hardly ever got to work with any other kids. Sometimes I worked in the regular classroom, sometimes I taught in a separate classroom or a hallway or even the cafeteria. Wherever they had room for me. I tested kids that were doing badly on academics using standardized tests, did observations and kept track of behavior interventions that the team had set up. I spent a majority of my time in meetings or keeping track of a lot of paperwork. The worst part was probably the paperwork. If its not kept up-to-date and accurate, the school could end up getting into trouble and having to go to more meetings with the higherups. It is very draining work because you spend so much time with the kids and families that are having the hardest time that it wears on you. A lot of teachers get "burned out" after the 1st year. Now I'm working again as a regular educator. I have multiple licenses which gets me in the door in most school districts around the US. This comes in handy if you have to move a lot like me. My husband is acitve duty military. It also helps for the states that have a surplus of teachers. But I wouldn't recommend getting the special ed licenses for that reason. If so, you should be happy teaching special ed because most likely you'll get overlooked for any regular job. They will give those to teachers who don't have any special ed and give you their harder job to fill-special ed. It won't matter that you apply for regular-they'll see special ed. and talk to you about that. I really prefer regular ed. because I get to work with all ablities together. They might even tell you they "collaborate" and you can work with all the kids. But most likely it won't happen. The meetings are sometimes before anyone else comes in or even in the evening because parents are invited and they schedule after they get off work. You also have to work a lot with the regular educators who expect you to work around their schedules. Scheduling can be really hard. You are required to see certain kids for a certain amount of time according to their IEPs. The part I liked was that most of the time I worked in small groups. But the kids I had really, really needed small groups. I didn't have to go to all the parent teacher conferences but then I did have to go to all the IEP team meetings. I could go on, but this is getting long. Hope this helps.
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Hi. I am a current special educator at the upper elementary level with over 20 years of experience in the field. I have chosen to continue to be a special ed. teacher rather than return to classroom teaching as did my fellow special educator in my school. Why? I love working with special needs students! They are such nice people! The job is a hard one. You really have to be "on" all day and can't give independent work too much as most of the kids I work with aren't at the independent worker stage yet. I teach primarily small reading and math groups where the kids have significant deficits. I also go into a writing class and work with the teacher and whole class to ensure everyone is progressing. In my district, up until this year, we had to conduct all the academic assessments that are part of initial and three year observations. Now, I just have to set up all the special ed. meetings for students on my caseload as well as make sure all the paperwork is done. The paperwork takes up a significant amount of time when there are a lot of meetings around the same time. As for the small groups, I tend to make a lot of my own worksheets, games, etc. In the past, I have even written short stories for some of the kids with extremely low reading skills. In addition to all the comprehension activities, I also have to make sure they have the phonemic awareness/ phonics skills they need to accurately decode. Because we strive for full inclusion as much as possible, the goal of our resource groups is to try to get skills up high enough so the kids can be successful in a modified regular classroom with modifications and paraeducator assistance. One of the other neat perks of this job is that you get to work with a lot of specialists (psychologists, OT, PT, SLP, etc.) and can team up with classroom teachers. Hope this helps.
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"My husband is acitve duty military. "

Mine is as well, and ESE is the easiest way to get your foot in the door and very rewarding once you get over all the paperwork and other junk. I love teaching ESE, but this year has been a challenge because I am teaching self-contained for the first time and we are now required to run our own annuals.
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