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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Special Educator/Educational Technologist in Nevada

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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.

Jeanne-I took the Master's in Educational Technology route to get into Assistive Technology. A school that is closer to where you live that also offers a Master's in Assistive Technology is Simmons College in Boston. I'm not aware of any programs in New York, and I'm not aware of any online programs. You will definitely find more options for programs in Educational Technology than Assistive Technology. Know that your experience in Special Education, plus any schooling you get in Educational Technology, will make for an excellent combination in the field of Assistive Technology. Hope this helps. -Lori

Special Educator/Educational Technologist in Nevada

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Hello, everyone! My name is Lori, and I work in the field of Assistive Technology in Nevada. I have been in the field of Special Education now for 15 years. I have an MAT in Educational Technology and a BA in Special Education. I am planning to start work within the next couple of years on a PhD in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on Educational Technology.

In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, reading, and walking. I also enjoy working the occasional crossword puzzle. I try to stay away from the glow of the computer screen during my spare time because so much of my time at work is spent on the computer.

Found you in time!

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Hello,
I am happy to find this group today, as I am near tears in frustration, considering leaving my position.

I have been teaching on and off for nearly 30 years, currently in my position for the last 9. I teach in Wa state and I am indentifying with Kelly from Oregon, who posted about her sanity. I am a behavior specialist originally, and decided to create a nested classroom for the autism students in our school. Depending on the year I have between 8 and 10 students in that "classroom" where I do have the equivilant of one full time para educator, with varying hours of other support. I provide inclusion opportunities whenever possible. The program has been a success.

At the same time, I am the behavior specialist for the school... of 900, with 12 to 15 other students on the above caseload with IEP's. I also provide consult to the staff of that school and attend the TAT and MDT meetings each week.

I love my work and my students, but it is just too much. My school supports me as best as they can but the district will not/cannot provide anymore FTE. I just don't think I can to it anymore and I am at a crossroads. I keep trying to think out of the box but feel completely tapped out. As I read the posts here and the caseloads it is validating that I am in over my head. If anyone has other ideas or thoughts, I would be more than happy to read!!!!
Have a good Monday too!!!
julie

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Hello, I have 15 years of service and committment to the special needs students of New Mexico. Currently I co-teach in a high school english inclusion setting. I love the activity and dedication of the students to becoming educated adults. I am always interested in recieving and giving new information for the good of the students.

4th/5th grade Full Inclusion

Hi I am Kathy. I teach in

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Hi I am Kathy.
I teach in SW Ohio. I have taught 31 years,all special education. I knocked on doors in HS and college explaining to parents their children had a right to a free and public education as per PL 94-142.I taught aself contained classroom in elementary for 5 years. We ate lunch together,and had gym art and music with me as the teacher. I then made it through the mainstream years.Then I went to Middle School cross categorical. We then launched a more fully inclusive setting. Currently I am back at the elementary setting crosscatagorical full inclusion. Of course we offer some more self contained classrooms but those primarily serve low incidence, medically fragile students. I love my job. I have been humbled and taught by my students as much as they have taught me.

Middle school teacher-librarian in the Bronx, NY

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I love my work and my students, but it is just too much. My school supports me as best as they can but the district will not/cannot provide anymore FTE. I just don't think I can to it anymore and I am at a crossroads.

The first thing I would do is talk to my principal about how you feel and ask how the district would cope if you were to new be able to perform anymore. A good principal will recognize that people can do only so much and help you think of different approaches to changing your situation.

Special Ed Teacher for a Highly Structured Classroom K-5

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Hello everyone. I've been a certified teacher in Special Ed for 4 years. However, I was an assistant for 3 years before I received my certification. I currently teach in a rather different setting than I was used to. Last year my school set up a Highly Structured Classroom and I was asked to run it.

I work with both students who have IEPs as well as students without disabilities who have some sort of behavior or emotional/social issue who need a smaller classroom setting. I have 8 students at a time and I work with them on following rules, gaining social skills, and understanding what is expected of them at school as well as teaching all grades of curriculum content (usually all at the same time, lol). The goal is for the student to "graduate" from my classroom and to rejoin his/her peers in the regular classroom setting.

When this classroom was started (last year) we weren't sure what to expect. I had no previous experience in this sort of class and didn't have curriculum maps yet. However during the past year and a half the classroom has been in existence we have had 15 students in this classroom and 8 of them have fully graduated with one who will graduate within the next two weeks. I have only two long term students, both of whom have medical issues and are currently out of school.

It has been an adventure, but a rewarding one. It is hard to balance all of the needs of the students with teaching all of the curriculum each grade requires. I have a very supportive administration. The principals at both schools (our primary and elementary are separate schools) help in all situations and the Director of Special Ed has bought me all of the materials I need whenever I need them. I can't ask for a better situation. Now if I could only get the parents in line everything would be perfect, lol.

I look forward to participating with this group and would love any suggestions for balancing all the curriculum requirement for this many grade levels.

Kat

Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities

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Hi! I am a first year teacher (at 47 years old) and spent the previous 12 years as a special ed aide at various levels of special education. Currently I have a class of children - 3 to 7 years old - who are autistic and/or MR. I absolutely love my job and look forward to going to work every single day. This year has been a real learning experience for me in terms of setting up my classroom and preparing IEPs. We also moved our class over the Christmas holidays into a brand new facility built with our PPCD program in mind.

As for my personal life, I have been married for 28 years to Terry and have four wonderful grown children and two precious grandsons. I love music - listening to it as well as singing and playing flute and guitar.

Looking forward to learning from and sharing my experiences with other teachers on this site.

High School Special Education Teacher

Love My Job

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I always say there is never a dull moment. Since been teaching I can say I never have two days that are the same.

I right now have an 11th grade caseload and two periods of a program for Mild Mentally disabled students (focusing on reading and math-- plus alternate assessment), Collaborate in Geometry and a resource period.

I am extremely interested in learning about what works for others and looking at revamping the special education program in my school.

Special Education Teacher

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I'm so glad to find a group of special education teachers who can share the joys and frustrations that come with working with a great group of kids.

I teach in a small, country school. I teach students from 1st (recently added twin girls), 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades.

I'm esp. looking forward to getting some ideas from Eric, as I have 4 students who have recently returned to public school from a TDT school.

My school is being monitored by the state department for the first time in eleven years. It has been a stressful year getting ready for this visit.

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