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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Middle school teacher-librarian in the Bronx, NY

Read 180

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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.

Hi Cindy, I've been teaching Read 180 for four years, one of them full-time doing the program.

It can be a challenge getting students to do independent work without disruption and without constantly asking for help. What has helped me is finding material pertinent to a child's interests and at the appropriate reading level. My students range from 10-14 years old, but their reading levels range from K to just below grade level.

I have usually had to go outside the Read 180 materials to find what I need, but it is usually worth the effort.

How old are the students you teach?

Hi! My name is Christine. I

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Hi! My name is Christine. I have been teaching in a resource setting at a K-3 building for 7 years. I love the students I work with! I am very excited to see that this is here to talk to other special ed teachers!

Special Ed. teacher, grades 9-12, cognitive disabilities and autism, WI

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My name is Jean and I teach at the high school level. Most of my students have autism and although I have a self-contained classroom, my kids go out for a variety of classes. Their academic level ranges from about 1st to 4th grade, but they're so smart in other ways. This allows them to particpate in computer classes, cooking and baking classes, art, Phy Ed, etc. Although kids with autism can have some challenging behaviors, I love working with them. I teach academic classes as well as functional living skills. I've been teaching 18 years, the last 8 are in this setting.

Lindsay Sulentic

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Hello! I am in my first year of teaching special education. I teach 7th and 8th grade students at a therapeutic day school in Chicago IL. Our entire school is self-contained and we serve students whose primary diagnosis is severe emotional behavioral disordered. I have 8 boys and really love the connections I have made with them. I have learned so much already and have so many questions. I am looking for any support and would appreciate any words of thought! :-)

high school special education teacher from Chicagoland area

High School Special Education Teacher

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Hello! I am in my 2nd year of teaching in a high school class. I was a teacher assistant for 5 years in the special ed environment while I returned to school for my masters. I received my masters in elementary education; however, I chose to stay in special ed after all was said and done. I am interested in hearing about the trials and tribulations of other special ed teachers, as well as how they've solved them, so that I may be better at my job. I really love what I do....I just want to be really great at it, lol.

Middle School Special Ed Teacher

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Hi I am in my 13th year of teaching but my 1st year at a Middle School. It has been a wild ride but I love what I am doing. Our school is being audited by the DOE when we come back from Spring Break. Just curious as what to expect. They are meeting with me to interview me....what ever that means. Wondering if anyone has been through this yet.

Adult ILS Transition Program/students 18-22 year with DD, Roseville, CA

I have been teaching and

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I have been teaching and working with students with moderate to severe disabilities for 23 plus years from K through 22. Presently I work with the young adults with developmental disabilities 18-22 years old. It is a unique population requiring a lot of creative thinking and teaching. This transition is when maturity begins to solidify setting in motion the process of becoming the independent person they were meant to be. The transition time also begins that "letting go" process for them and their parents. We kind of live in a bubble from regular ed. I would love to chat with anyone teaching an ILS transition program.

10th Grade Self -Contained Special Educator from New York

Intro

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Hi. I have been teaching for 10 years and am excited to be able to connect with so many other special educators. I am currently looking to refresh my teaching methodologies and am considering a second masters in educational technology. I am also interested in assistive technology, but am having some difficulty finding a masters program in that discipline.

Middle school teacher-librarian in the Bronx, NY

New members

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Once again I have the pleasure of welcoming a slew of new members to the group. Its exciting to see so many new names here every day. I hope you will all take an active role in the discussions here by sharing your knowledge and experience as well as your opinions and other thoughts.

Self-contained primary ED teacher

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Hi! My name is Jane and I am in my 3rd year of teaching ED students. Previously I was a special ed. assistant in Life Skills, resource, and an intermediate ED teacher.

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