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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Sp.Ed.Teacher 3-5

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Hi, I'm Jean, a sped. ed. teacher for kids in grades 3-5. I work in a poor school district in central oregon. Currently, I have a caseload of 12 students. My program is such that some kids are with me all day, others for academics and/or social skills only. I provide each child with an extremely individualized program. I am blessed with 5 awesome assistants! I have been in this postion for 10 years and, even though it is extremely stressful, I love it! I spent 3 years working in a self-contained behavior class prior to my current job. I am in this field because of my oldest child - she should have been identified with a disability when she was a youngster and was not. She is now a grown, wonderful young lady, but it was quite a struggle to get her there. I believe if someone would have taken my concerns and really looked at her, her learning disability would have been discovered when she was little, instead of in the middle of her senior year...and then only after threats of going to the Dept. of Ed. So, here I am, out to help as many children and parents as I possibly can!

Cross Categorical/self-contained - Teacher

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jeanne, Northern AZ Univ has a MA in Assistive Tech. Susan Marks is the Professor I know works with the program.

Junior High School Special Education Teacher

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Hey,
I'm Todd, a special education teacher of students with cognitive disabilities and autism in a Junior high setting grades 7-9. I love what I do, but also enjoy "living the dream" with my family. We love spending time together at our cottage during the summers with the lake-swimming, pontooning, and chilling out in the screen porch at night eating good meals,and sharing fun stories. Always learning something new from my students. Will write again soon. Todd

10th Grade Self -Contained Special Educator from New York

Thanks for the info,

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Thanks for the info, LPS...I'll check it out to see if they have distance learning, since I am in NY.

SDC Science in Los Angeles

I've been teaching Special Ed

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I've been teaching Special Ed at the Middle School level for 14 years, after a two-year stint in Elementary. I just finished my first assignment as a Master Teacher - hosting a "Novice" Teacher in my room for six weeks. (She did great, btw).
It's great to see such a mixture here; veterans with sage advice, enthusiastic teachers still looking for some answers, even administrators trying to find a better understanding of what really goes on in the classroom.

Self-contained class upstate New York

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Hi! I've been teaching Special Ed at the high school level for 26 years. I was actually the first special ed teacher hired for the high school at this district. I began with a total of 8 students for the day. They would stay at the high school for about 2 years, get some vocational training and then drop out. We worked hard over the years to make school more meaningful for them. Translation: we were able to get the students working toward high school credits and earning thier local diplomas. Once they realized they could graduate with a diploma, the kids stayed! My class is now a 15:1:1 self contained class. I work with another self-contained classroom teacher and together we make sure the students are working toward graduation. Some leave with an IEP diploma, some with a local diploma. Some develop their basic skills enough to get back into the mainstream classes and I never see them again. Feel free to make comments. I'm proud of Special ed teachers and what they accomplish daily!

I am Joe Kerley and I wish

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I am Joe Kerley and I wish you a good afternoon from Anchorage Alaska where I teach Life Science, Physical Science and Study Skills in a local High School. I turned to teaching after retiring from the US Navy. I spent 26 years with Navy, 14 as an enlisted man and 12 as a Commissioned Officer. I am looking forward to sharing experiences and ideas with you all.

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Hi! I'm Lorraine. I've been a special education teacher for 16 years. How time flies! I have a wonderful preschool that I'm a part of. In our classroom, there is a general education teacher, myself, a general education assistant, and a special education assistant. There are approximately 15 general education preschoolers and 7 or 8 special education preschoolers. We have two sessions (same numbers of kids) per day, Monday through Thursday. Friday's are for planning and paperwork. This has been my favorite assignment so far. Unfortunately, it is one of the programs that the district is considering closing due to the massive budget cuts.

Hey American Joe

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Hey Joe,
I am Todd Lotz, I live in Wisconsin, smaller city on Lake MI. I teach Junior High Special Ed (Cognitive Disabilities & Autism). I also was in the Navy 10 years active and 12 years active reserve. I retired 2002 as a Chief HM. Loved every minute of my career and still miss it.
Those experiences were great, and have helped me to manage some of the the politics in education. Hope to hear from you again.

SpEd 2-4

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Hi all! I'm in Nebraska's capital city and have been in the field for 7 years, having worked with a variety students with a variety of needs. My current caseload is 18 2nd through 4th graders, with an unbelievable amount of autism identifications. In fact, of the 18 I serve, 8 are autistic. All varying degrees. My school seems to be a magnet for autistic kids. Am wondering if any of you are experiencing a huge growth in this identification? As much as I love my job, the amount of time spent programming for these kids leaves me little time for "true" teaching, at least the kind of teaching I went to school to do. I love my kids, but am beginning to see the edges starting to fray on my sanity! Anyone else in that boat too?

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