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

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Cross Categorical/self-contained - Teacher

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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.

Severe/Significantly Developmentally Delayed

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Hi! I'm Brooks and I have been in the Special Education field for 23 years. I spent 8 years working in an a workshop for older Mentally challenged citizens,and have spent the past fifteen years teaching Elementary School Special Needs ranging from Moderate to Severe/Profound students. This year, I have eight students who are Severe,and six out of eight still have the Significantly Developmentally Delayed Status. I have four autistic boys in my class, three of which are non-verbal. I am looking for some creative ideas for my autistic boys as far as academics are concerned. Also, Georgia has set up the Georgia Alternative Assessments for students in Ga who are not able to take the CRCT test here. I fell its a REAL joke, am looking for anyone who might have insight to this type of assessment if they are familiar with it and maybe some good ideas for instruction for the curriculum for grades 1st-4th, or anything they've done that makes this type of so called testing fun for the kids. Its basically, for people who dont have a clue what it is, a porfolio of activities the kids have to complete,ranging from 2 LA, 2 Math (K-3rd) and 2 LA, 2 Math, 1 science, 1 social studies (3rd-5th).
I am really glad I found this site to share with others who might need ideas and/or activities that I can share with them.
I am an AVID NASCAR fan, and we do get to travel to races surrounding the Ga area (Atlanta, Talladega Ala, Daytona Beach Fla). I also enjoy my family, my husband of 14 years, two children of my own, and a Step-Daughter , who is 19 and also a Special needs Student.

Special Ed Teacher from Maryland

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Hi! I've been a special ed teacher for 10 years ... after being in the customer service world for 25 years (although isn't being a teacher the ultimate customer service job?)
I teach in an elementary school, working with students from grades K-5. My caseload covers the full spectrum of disabilities which makes work challenging but so rewarding.
I feel like I've got 2 full time jobs, both teacher and administrator. Case management takes alot of time, with alot of after school hours devoted to paperwork. Even so, I can't imagine doing anything else, and I can't believe it took me as long as it did to get here!

Special Education Teacher SED high school social studies

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I worked as a spec. ed. teacher of seriously emotionally disturbed high school students in a special state school in Rockville, Maryland. When I first arrived at the school, I was a crisis management teacher. I retired two years ago.
I am disturbed with some of the recent trends in special education, and have been looking for a forum to see if others feel the same.

Special Education Teacher SED High School SS retired

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I am, and have been upset about recent trends in special education. I believe that the No Child Left Behind law has caused damage to special education. I've been looking for an on line forum to discuss this issue and others.

High School Special Education Resource Room Teacher Grade 10

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Hi, I have been teaching for over 30 years. However, I do believe in change and that the students of the 21st Century do learn differently. I redid an assignemt this year in which the students work cooperativley on a research project and present it as a power point. The difference is amazing. They are begging to work on the project... One group decided on their own that they would compare fast food to healthy food and find out what effect fast food has on the growing obesity of our society.

When I am not teaching I like to work out at the gym, ride my bike to train for a century ride, travel and read historical fiction.

Middle school teacher-librarian in the Bronx, NY

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Welcome to the group.

In my school there is a lot of pressure to move students from self-contained classes to inclusion classes. Inclusion classes have two teachers, at least on certified in special education who travels with the students as they move from subject-teacher to subject-teacher.

My problem is that some of the students we move to inclusion classes, while they can do the academic work, can not handle the social transition from a class of 12 with intense teacher involvement to a class of 30 in which teacher attention is more thinly spread.

Middle school teacher-librarian in the Bronx, NY

Welcome, welcome, welcome

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LPS, Brooks, Pattie, Mitchell, and Kathi, its nice to see you all here. This is absolutely the place to discuss issues in special education, issues in the classroom, techniques that work for you, ideas, comfort and more. We all learn from each other and whatever your question, someone here will have an answer or two.

Elementary Resource Specialist, K-6th

Hi All, my name is Kristen

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Hi All, my name is Kristen and I am going into my 5 year of teaching RSP. I previously taught HS RSP for three years, and now teach RSP K-6th at the same school my children attend. I am truly blessed!!!

Special Education Teacher in West Virginia

Elementary Special Educator, (K-3)

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After working in Birth To Three here in WV for 18 years, I find myself in my third year of teaching. As the mother of two childrew with special needs, I did NOT want to go into special ed......HAH!! I love it!! But my "kids" are young adults now, so I can teach and not have to do battle, so to speak! As a parent, I fought hard for inclusion....but now as a teacher, I am quite frustrated at having to ignore many of the kids needs so they can participate in the classroom. I'm torn! Am looking forward to learning a lot here!

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