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

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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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Middle School Behavior Management Class

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Hi everyone! I'm a 14th year teacher that has tried a lot of things. I've been in self-contained, resource, CMC, BAC, Severe and Profound, and resource in a alternative school setting at different grade levels. At one point I left special education for electives; but I came back. Currently, I'm working with behavior students in a middle school setting in the Houston area. This year we have 3; but we're getting 2 more. My first year at this school was wild - 13 boys! They have since split the class. I'm also working on my master's in Teacher Leadership - I'm not sure where it will take me; but I know it will be inresting! I'm still into art and my family is always at the top of my list.

I've been a spec ed teacher

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I've been a spec ed teacher for 28 years, and parent of an almost 40 year old son having DS. I am very interested in the motivation issue with American kids.

Speech Language Pathologist and AT evaluator from Clarence, New York

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Hello all: I was introduced to Edutopia at a Web 2.0 inservice, and I LOVE IT already! I'm an SLP who specializes in AAC and AT. I have a caseload of multiply disabled students and I evaluate and train students across the district on various types of Assistive Technology. I love my job, it's different everyday! I've been in the Clarence School District 2 years, I spent 10 years in the Buffalo Public School District.

BC Grade 4/5 Social Learning Classroom

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Nice to find this group. I have been teaching for 6 years and recently completed my Masters in Special Education focusing on Autism. I also became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. I looked specifically for a position where I could combine teaching practices with my knowledge of behaviour to provide a setting where students with severe behaviour challenges can grow and learn.

I was previously working at the high school level but have decided that I would like to reach students at a much younger age when behaviour and academic change will be far more effective.

I am in a school in Delta BC which supports both inclusion and supportive settings. I have 9 students(including one who is fully integrated)and two support staff. Designations include ASD, FASD, ADHD and mental health disorders. We incorporate best teaching practices and intensive instruction along with positive behaviour supports and ABA. It is exciting to see our students learn academically, emotionally and socially.

One very effective tool is using technology in various ways and I am here to learn more!

Jan Palmer MEd BCBA
www.janpalmer.ca

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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.

Hey there,
For me,It's exciting to collaborate & build these links in an online settings. Honestly, I arrived @ this discussion board through random clicks,and it was something like the "aha" experience which makes me ,somehow,say this-" like begets like." And, needless to say ,but obvious to reveal,I am here to associate & interact with you all. Seriously, I am amazed at the pace @ which technology is galloping ahead in literally bringing "everything and anything" to our doorstep.
Recently, I have started mentoring/volunteering at an elementary school,and I used a few internet applications to instruct my students.Wow!!! it worked very well!! Atleast, for me, it was an icebreaker to connect with my international students.:)

Deaf Education Coordinator

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I have been in the field of special education for 12 years. I began teaching HS English at the residential school for the deaf (5 years). Then I moved to public school to do both self contained and inclusion support at the middle and junior high. For the past few years I have been the coordinator for the deaf education program in a public school cluster site program. In my spare time I am raising a 4 year old and 5 1/2 year old and sign language interpreting college classes.

Our biggest issue right now is the conflict between best practice and funding/state assessment stressors.

AZ High School SPED Teacher

Hello everyone, I am a first

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Hello everyone,
I am a first year sped teacher at a charter school split between two southern Arizona border towns. I see most everyone here has years of experience and I will love reading about it. I work with high school level students and am trying to get a handle on the best mode of operation. As a mom of a son who is 27 and has CP, I value inclusion like nobody's business. Yet, pull-out for direct instruction seems what might work in my schools. Kind of like block scheduling. I was also very interested in the Mentoring group and see there is such a need for support. Look forward to sharing and learning here.

Parent of child with special needs

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Hi, I am a parent of a 13-year-old girl with traumatic brain injury and many learning struggles. The great news is she can make simple academic progress if material is presented with enlarged, concrete examples and continued repetition. I am excited to join this site and learn from the experts here.

Rachel

Middle school teacher-librarian in the Bronx, NY

Parent of child with special needs

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Hi Rachel, welcome to the group. One of my most rewarding experiences while I was doing my student teaching in a childrens' hospital was working with a 11-year-old boy who had suffered a TBI. We've kept in touch in the six years since then and I'm happy to report his progress has been slow but very steady.

I'm looking forward to learning more about your daughter's progress and hope that I and the others here can contribute to it.

Cross Categorical/self-contained - Teacher

Range of services

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I am a proponant of Inclusion, although it has been difficult to do from the Self-contained classroom. If I have students who are fully included I have to provide 4 hours of support a day. Which is not possible without clustering students. The principal is not in favor of this due to the overwhelming needs of the General Ed population.

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