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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10th grade English inclusion teacher, department chair

Hi, I'm Harmony and I teach

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Hi, I'm Harmony and I teach on the Big Island of Hawaii. We have been moving toward full inclusion for all diploma track students for 3 years now. This past year, with more training for co-teaching teams (reg ed and sped teachers in the classroom), we have been fairly successful. We have been rolling out this inclusion model gradually, and will be expanding for grades 9, 10 and 11 this next school year. Our goal is to maintain high expectations for all students, while still supporting students' special needs. Coming from CA, I am familiar with the Resource Specialist model that is used in other states, but that is not as common here. There is no high school exit exam, so the grade a teacher assigns is the way that students earn credit towards a diploma. As of now, there is only one kind of diploma, so making sure students truly do meet the standards that diploma represents is important. Having a strong certificate route program for the less-academic, more vocationally-skilled students is key in order to offer a "free and appropriate education" for all. As the chair of the sped dept, I am always looking for new ideas to support the full spectrum of students we serve.

Cross Categorical 6th Grade SPED teacher

Hey everyone! My kids call

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Hey everyone! My kids call me Mr. O but you can call me Ned. I have been teaching for 24 years and have taught every thing from Pre-school to High School Severe/Profound kids. Currently I am in the last place I thought I would ever be and that is at a Middle School. Don't knock it unless you have tried it! The kids can be very squirrelly, but they are also very cool to be around, joke with, cry with and even have discussions with. They are in that unique age of trying to be an older student but still are childish. We are working hard on becoming totally Project Based Learning and it is proving to be very good for my kids. They get to meet alot of kids who would not give them the time of day, but when they get put together in groups they sort of "discover" each other and realize they have a lot in common. I am looking forward to talking with all of you. Incidentally, Deven, how on earth are you teaching Special Ed and Social Studies?

Middle school teacher-librarian in the Bronx, NY

Welcome

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Welcome to the group Harmony & Ned! I hope you'll be active members as you both seem to have experience and knowledge to share.

Ned, when I was in grad school studying to be an elementary-level teacher I thought that anyone who worked in middle schools had to be crazy. Little did I know that two years later I would be working in a middle school and see how wrong I was.

I have fallen completely in love with middle school because, as you say, you can have real conversations with the kids.

Elementary Special Ed teacher, Spring Texas

I'm from Spring, Texas out

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I'm from Spring, Texas out side of Houston. I have been teaching for over 8 years. I started teaching after going through the school system with my child, and decided that I knew I could have done a better job of educating her.. I believe that Special Education should be INDIVIDUALIZED and not "Cookie Cut" or "One Size Fits All".. I am always looking for new ways to teach my students about the REAL WORLD and how to survive in it..

Autism Facilitator

Hi, I have been looking for a

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Hi,
I have been looking for a Special Education group to join. I am currently an Autism Facilitator for the Low Incidents Autism Intervention Classroom for k-5 at a school near St. Louis. I am really looking to network with other teachers who are teaching in a self contained Autism classroom. I've been teaching for 8 years all in the field of Autism.

I am interested in how other schools are integrating students with extreme Autism.

Outside of school I love music, history, and being with my husband and son.

Elementary Special Education Teacher, Self-Contained (K-5)

Hi, I am a self-contained

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Hi, I am a self-contained teacher who was an assistant and work closely with different levels of Autism. My first class was a PPCD-AU classroom (3-5 year olds) and then I moved to the new version of an ALE (Alternative Learning Environment) room with k-5th. I do love what I do and most would say I talk about it too much, but everyday is an adventure. I also received my ESL certification because one my students did not need the bilingual classroom as much as he needed mine so now I am Special Ed/ESL. I have students with disabilities ranging from severe and profound to visual impairment to autism to MR. It is a challenge and I wish we had the severe and profound classes as well as the visual impairment classrooms so that things could be set up for them. It is a dis-service when behaviors impede on whether or not I get a chance to work with other students. Anyway, I am in San Antonio, Texas and I love teaching (not the paperwork, LOL). I also have my masters in Education with Instructional Technology. I would like to create more creative ways for my students to take tests and review information.

My name is Tina. This is my

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My name is Tina. This is my second year as a special education teacher. I am a class within a class(cwc) teacher. All of my students are in the general education classroom and I work with them in the classroom and also the teachers to help them with modifications and working with them on how the students best learn. There a times that I pull them out either one on one or in a group to do instruction. I love my job.
I have 3 children who keep me very busy with all of their activities. However, when I have time, I love to get on my horses and work with them. Working on getting that dream barn buil.

College Student majors:Special Education and Secondary education

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Hi! My name is julia. I am a college student recently in my second semester going for a GED and a degree then I am going to a university to become a High school special Education Teacher.

I have 1 autistic ten year old brother, a 3 year old sister I am the second oldest and My 22 year old my brother is the 1st oldest. I love to read, write, baby-sit, take pictures and go to school.

I graduated from Special education classes myself, in november of 12th grade. then i went on to a GED preparation special education class to study for the GED. I was always on the honor-roll through my high schol years. I have passed the GED practice tests, but i have been waiting since June to take the tests. So I decided to go to community college first to try to earn my GED and Degree.

My favorite school subjects are English, General Psychology, Science, History, Early Childhood Education and Social studies.

6th-8th grade ED teacher

Introduction

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Hi, I'm Cindy. I teach 6th-8th grade ED at a theraputic day school. It is a non-suspension, non-exppulsion school. It is self contained. They do all academics, as well as lunch and gym in the same room. We do break up into different groups for Reading. One teacher takes the very low, doing Wilson reading. Another takes the high group. I have the middle students for Read 180. One question I have for the forum is how they feel about read 180. Also how do they manage the Read 180 classroom when 3 things are going on at once. It's a good program, but I am having a little issue with behaviors.
We do a lot of engaged learning, which I like.
I like to swim, live for the beach at the Michigan Dunes, and am an avid Parrothead. I love classic rock, trop rock, and old time folk dancing.

Middle school teacher-librarian in the Bronx, NY

New members!

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Wow! So many new members. Welcome! I hope you will be active members here and let us all learn from your experience while you learn from us.

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