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Old 07-26-2011, 02:40 AM
 
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Them: What do you do for a living?
Me: I'm a teacher.
Them: Oh how wonderful! What do you teach?

What kind of interesting reactions do you get when you tell someone you're a special ed. teacher?


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Old 07-26-2011, 02:43 AM
 
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"You must have a lot of patience." 9 out of 10 times.
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Old 07-26-2011, 03:48 AM
 
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Most of the time...."It takes a special person...."

Maybe next time when I asked what I teach, I should respond with "children" :-) and see what kind of reaction I get. Wonder if they would get that I'm trying to be funny.
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Yes.. I always get, "you must have a lot of patience" as well.

I'd like to think I do! ;-)
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"You must have patience" AND "It takes such a special person". I truly dislike (very much) hearing those responses. Not too sure what kind of response I would like to hear. I just get tired of hearing those two, like I'm a saint or something. My response to those 2 are:
"I treat my students like they are my own children, I place demands upon them, have high expectations of them, respect them, and even get upset with them". I usually don't get too much of their opinion after that.


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Old 07-26-2011, 07:09 PM
 
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I have of course received the "You must have so much patience" and "You are a very special person for doing that." Lately, I have seemed to get some negative too! For example, "Are you crazy?" and "Why?" Mind you, I teach in the toughest district around here so these responses also take that into account! However, I absolutely love my job and these kids. I think I will be using that response above from now on!
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Old 07-26-2011, 08:12 PM
 
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This is my first year in sp.ed. (starting in Aug) coming from reg. ed. When I tell people I'm moving to sp.ed., I've been getting "why" and "hope you like it" along with the "...takes a special person.." I've been a little surprised by some of the negativity.
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:30 PM
 
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Puzzlemom & Sha-nay-nay...great responses. I will keep those in my back pocket. I also get the patience comment - which is ironic because my job actually GAVE me the patience. I used to be impatient until I started teaching and then it was like a switch was flipped. Eventually that patience spilled into other areas of my life, so that's a perk!

I also get the special person comment, too. But my ultimate favorite is when people [specifically teachers] give little "disclaimers" to their conversations when I'm around...like "He is autistic and he just caused such a disruption...and I don't mean anything by that, I'm just saying!"

Lastly - when people are afraid to say certain words like "mental retardation" or "disability". I just apply my job-learned patience to these people and educate them kindly about special ed.
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:31 PM
 
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One of my good friends in my building last year moved into my special ed. position that I left to pursue another. She is also getting these negative comments. That's a shame.
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:34 PM
 
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I am a reg. ed. teacher, but this year I'm going back to school to get an endorsement in special ed. I see more and more children entering our classrooms who have issues and I wanted to have more tools in my toolbox to help these students. I could not believe the comments I received from people.

Why do you want to do THAT for?

I had two administrators question me -- when I reassured them that I wasn't leaving the classroom and that it was just for additional knowledge/training, they were okay with it.

We live in a mixed up world, don't we?


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Old 07-27-2011, 03:13 PM
 
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When people say you must have paitience I simply say NO, I am the MOST impaitient person ever. I get so sick of AWW you are so special!!! I am no more special than the average Jane, I just prefer teaching special ed
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Old 07-28-2011, 06:37 AM
 
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I agree!! I usually say everyone has patience for things they love, I lack patience in other areas a lot of the time.
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Special Ed gives patience.
Old 07-28-2011, 07:30 AM
 
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MelmoB, Thank you for your comment about obtaining patience by teaching special education. I agree! People don't believe me, but I've found it's easier to be patient with someone if you know their struggles than the average "Joe". Everyone has baggage, our guys just wear it a little more visibly.
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Old 07-29-2011, 08:04 PM
 
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Put me down for more of the "It takes a really special person" and "You must have a lot of patience." I don't know how many times I got that. And the raised eyebrows and shocked look.
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Old 07-30-2011, 04:15 AM
 
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I have been getting the shocked look/raised eyebrows, too!!! But here's the kicker...from other special ed. teachers! At one of the meetings I went to this week I told a fellow special ed. teacher that I was moving into a behavior modification class and she looked shocked and said "Are you okay?" (as in mentally!!)
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:48 AM
 
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My mom doesn't tell people I teach special needs because she says people think you couldn't teach regular ed. She tells people I teach gen ed 3rd grade at first I was angry but now I laugh. She don't don't know how hard I really do work.
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Old 08-08-2011, 06:36 AM
 
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I could never do THAT! At which point I say, "I could never teach regular ed. 20 kids staring at me .... UGH!"
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In some cases 28 or more
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:27 PM
 
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I get the " I could never do what you do" or "girl, how do you change diapers?"

I mainly tell people that Sped is where I'm supposed to be because myself, I am in the middle of too slow and genius! this means my students and I understand each other!
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