A place for teachers and other providers of special education services to support each other, share information, and discuss topics, including assessment.

Introduce Yourself

Deven Black Middle school teacher-librarian in the Bronx, NY

Its nice to see so many new people arriving here. Please take a few moments to tell us about yourself, especially about your interests beyond the classroom.

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I work with the Enabling

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I work with the Enabling Support Foundation, a non-profit with a dual mission to support persons with disabilities and K-12 education, and most importantly the intersection of these two missions: special education. You can see the main site at www.enabling.org and the K-12 resource site at www.educationalsynthesis.org.

The people at ESF have been using the telecomputing with special education students since the 1980's. You may or may not be aware that persons with disabilities and K-12 education were pioneers of online computer networking at least 10 years before the universities and the Education establishment became involved.

Before I retired a professor of neuropsychology I created a research program investigating the causes, identification, and treatment of reading disability and I plan to discuss that on this forum.

Bob

Special Education: K-6 Inclusion Resource Teacher from Phoenix, Arizona

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Interesting! I went to the sites noted in your comment section Bob, but they were offline at the time. I will check them out again tomorrow.

I am interested and very much looking forward to discussions on the topics you mentioned.

Inclusion English teacher at a Freshman Center in an urban HS

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I teach English along with another teacher licensed in English even though mine is in the mild disabilities. I want to start a blog and don't know how to go about doing it.

6th-8th Special Ed, LS & Mentally Gifted teacher

Just became full inclusion!

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Hello everyone! My name is Erika Saunders and this is my 7th year teaching middle school (6-8) students in a k-8 school. I teach learning support and also mentally gifted. 2 years ago, we switched to full inclusion. Now I co-teacher with the 6th, 7th, & 8th grade Literacy and Math teachers. What a change! I do miss having my own classroom: planning lessons, having a bigger impact on my children, being able to monitor their progress better, and make the appropriate accommodations and modifications. I do believe that co-teaching can work and is a wonderful practice!

Since this is only our 2nd year doing it, it's a lot like an arranged marriage! Last year, we didn't even really know each other (even though we had been working together for years!). Now, we're starting to get "more familiar" with each other.

I'd love to say that things are going well, but the truth is that not everyone is on board with the idea. I range from being a really good "aid" to a competent "student teacher" even though I'm fully certified - in 2 areas spec ed & middle years literacy - have my master's degree, and 7 years of teaching experience! Oh, well, we're still in the growing stages! I'm hoping that things continue to develop and people get more and more comfortable with co-teaching.

I teach in a high-poverty school in a large, urban city. I LOVE teaching, especially Middle School! I really enjoy the kids. It can be challenging at times, but so worth it. I am passionate about education and strive to learn more and more. I want to be the best educator I can be so that the students can benefit.

I did apply for National Board Certification last year - my scores will be released this Friday so wish me luck! I'm really looking forward to connecting through Edutopia. I so believe in what they represent. It's my way of looking at teaching!

Special Education teacher K-12 specialization LD

Hello there. I am very

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Hello there. I am very excited to find such a resource with so many talented special educators. I am quite new to the field, compared to many of you. I have been teaching for 5 years, pull out resource special education. I am primarily a special education LD elementary teacher. I absolutely love my job, and am very interested in inclusion and RTI. My main focus has been on differentiated Reading and Mathematics lessons and learning styles. Nice to meet you all!

Grade 6 Middle School Special Education teacher from South Jersey

Introducing myself

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Hi everyone,
I am all day In-Class Support teacher in one of 2 middle schools in our school district.(Grade 6).... currently enrolled in Walden University's Language and Learning in the Content Area (6-12). Outside of my day job as a teacher, and my evening job as a student,there is hardly any time to do anything else.

Grade 6 Middle School Special Education teacher from South Jersey

I love my job!

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As a middle school special education teacher for 15 years, I can honestly say I love my job! Every morning, I look forward to a new day with my students. Currently, I am a full-day In-Class Support Teacher for grade 6. There are 10 classifieds student in our 20 student general education classroom. I am never surprised to find that our classified students make either Honor Roll or Merit Roll just about every marking period. Currently I am in a Walden University Masters Program. My goal is to facilitate my students' love of reading and learning.

Grade 6 Middle School Special Education teacher from South Jersey

Dear Erika, Best of luck to

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Dear Erika,
Best of luck to you as you become Nationally certified!

Fourth Grade Inclusion Teacher

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Hello everyone,
I am currently a Fourth Grade Inclusion Teacher. I work specifically with fourth grade because my school district is lucky enough to have an inclusion teacher at every grade level. My team is wonderful to work with, and I have the best group of kids. I spend my days co-teaching or working with small groups. Sometimes I use my own room for instruction, but mostly I push-in to the regular teachers room. I think the hardest thing about my job is working with different personalities and always trying to be flexible. I am excited to hear everyone's thoughts on different topics, and I am hoping to get advice from everybody out there!

Self Contained SPED 4-8th Grade

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Hi. I'm teaching in NE Arkansas. This is my first year as a teacher in Arkansas, but I taught overseas for 10 years. This is also my first year as a SPED teacher. My class is currently made up of 11 students (started out with 17) and they range from mildly MR (most of them) to severly psychologically challenged (two of them), and all but the two with a psychosis have very severe behavior challenges as well. An earlier member mentioned that these kids can't function in a regular classroom (mine cannot), but are only socialized with eachother (mine, too). This the number one challenge, in my opinion, in educating these kids. The will need socialization and interaction education that simply cannot learn from eachother if they are ever going to make it at all in life. They have some of the worst home lives I've ever heard of, can't function in a normal class--but I'm expected to teach as if it were a normal class.

This job is breaking my heart and wearing me out. I'm really considering leaving the profession, or going back overseas to teach. I'm hoping to find some encouragement and support here that simply does not exist at work.

Outside of class, I enjoy learning languages, trying to learn to play the flute, reading, traveling, and jewelry making.

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