Special Education teachers are very special people. Even though I have taught 7-12th grade English, high school speech, drama, forensics, debate, and directed a Montessori Middle School teaching all subjects, Special Education was a whole new world to me. I had been present at IEPs but never presented IEPs. I have had special education students in my class with and without paras, but never had I taught special education in a self-contained classroom. This past semester, I have been able to add teaching Special Education English grades 10-12 to my resume. I have presented IEPs, participated in FBAs and created BIPs, which I didn’t even know existed before this semester. I have taught students with learning disabilities and students with behavior and conduct disorders. I have met parents who have little more skills than their children and parents that have PHDs and are college professors. All exist in the world of special education.
"Reflections on Special Education,"
Academic Leadership Journal: Vol. 7
, Article 14.
Available at: http://scholars.fhsu.edu/alj/vol7/iss3/14