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ArielG89's picture
Graduate Student, Inclusive Education (1-6)

Hi everyone,
I'm coming in late to this forum and can see there are many posts! I am currently finishing a Master's degree at Syracuse University in Inclusive (Special) Education, grades 1 through 6. Last semester, I co-taught special education at the preschool level. Now, I TA for a class of college juniors doing their coursework in Elementary Education methods.

All that will change again this summer; I was recently hired as a 4th-6th resource teacher for kids with both behavior and academic need. I'm looking forward to learning with all of you!

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lisa yeoman
MA Special education multi-cat/autism

Hello! My name is Lisa and I am currently in grad school at Marshall University. I am so glad to have found this website! I am conducting a survey to complete my graduation requirements for my MA in Special Education. Would you please take 5 minutes to fill out this short survey? The information I receive is very valuable!
Thanks in advance:)

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sushma sharma
Ninth - welfth grade english teacher Govt girls school Jabalpur India

Hi Every one here
I teach 9-12 grade English.I feel language is the core of any kind of problem and solution.It all depends on the way you communicate.So I generally give more time to explain the situation and inner conflict to my student.Once they understand they are able to tackle the same kind of problem in a better way than they could earlier.

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Caleb Braudrick
Special Education teacher in the heart of Sooner country.

Hi all!

My name is Caleb. In about 4 weeks, I'll finally walk across that stage and be handed my diploma. It's been an interesting and eventful 5 years, but I'm so happy to be reaching the end of the tunnel. I love working with children with special needs. I've been doing in-home tutoring with children with autism for several years. I am married to an insanely beautiful woman, we have a little boy named Zeke, and another baby on the way! Outside of teaching, I am passionate about film and music. I am an aspiring filmmaker, and hope to enter to some film festivals in the near future. I've just discovered Edutopia (via NPR), and I absolutely love it. It's great to be here!

Christopher Turman's picture

Greetings: I am interested in learning of challenges/successes in utilizing blended curriculum, video, other technology etc., in Deaf and Hard of Hearing classrooms & online.

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Amy Morey
8:1:1 Special Education Teacher, grades 3-5

Hi all! This upcoming year will start my 2nd year as a special education teacher. I was so excited to see this blog and am hoping to gain much knowledge from many of you. I had a "career" change about 4 years when I decided to leave the banking world and venture into teaching. I graduated in May of 2011 and started as an 8:1:1 special education teacher for grades 3 through 5 that following September. To put it mildly...I had a very rough year. I'm looking forward to participating in this learning community not only for moral support, but also to gain insight on teaching students with emotional and learning disabilities....

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Dan Mad Science
Elementary Special Ed Teacher, NJ

Hi everyone-
Originally from NY. Earned a BA in Elem Ed in the Mid 90s, and taught for 3 years in 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms as an "Associate Teacher" at a private school in Westchester NY.
Then, spent 7+ years as a product designer in a quasi-corporate environment. When I had kids, I decided to do something I felt would be a better way to spend my time and talents doing. So I earned a K-5 Cert with a Special Education Teaching Endorsement in NJ.
It was a tough market when I earned my Cert in May 2009.
I sent out 300+ resumes in three years. I worked in two districts in two years as a long term leave replacement teacher in a general ed classroom. It was tough starting out, as you all know. I made a few mistakes, had my shining moments, got better.
Last fall I was unemployed for too long, and finally got calls for interviews in December.
I got a permanent (!) position as a special ed teacher in a district I really like. Mine is a nice school, with respectful kids and administration that seems to find the balance between guidance and open-minded collaboration.
I'm very happy that I do not have to send resumes out this summer, and that my supplies will be where I left them in my classroom in June.
I find that working at summer camp is a great way to recharge. Its nice to just have fun with kids without homework.
Enjoy you summer!

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Dan Mad Science
Elementary Special Ed Teacher, NJ

Hi Mr. O!
I like that you've worked in all kinds of environments with different kinds of kids. I like to think I can look forward to similar positive experiences in the coming years.

I love the Project Based Learning model. I worked it into my teaching when I was general ed, but now I am teaching reading/writing/math in resource room and ICS, and its tougher to squeeze it in. I hope to find ways to implement it as I go along.

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Jennifer Birrell
Special Education Teacher working with students with severe disabilities

My name is Jennifer Birrell I have worked in this field for 15 years. I currently serve students with multiple disabilities in the 5-6 grades. I have joined this group because of an assignment for my master's degree. I have really enjoyed looking at what others have posted, and look forward to being a part of this group.

Outside of the classroom I enjoy watching most sports, reading, and traveling.

JessAu's picture
Recently Graduated Social Studies Teacher from San Diego, California


I am a recently graduated single subject social studies teacher and I am currently looking for a Masters in Special Education program. What should I look at when I am looking at the programs, and what are some possible ways to gain experience in a Special Education classroom? Thanks!

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