Special Ed Corner: An Open Letter from a Special Ed Teacher to a General Ed Teacher
[Source: The Autism Helper]
Dear General Education Teacher,
Let me take a minute to introduce myself and my class. Even though we have worked down the hallway from each other for years, we have both been so busy that we never got a chance for a proper introduction. I am a special education teacher. Similar to you, I teach academics, write lesson plans, deal with challenging behavior, have parent meetings, go to Professional Developments, and deal with a mountain of paperwork and assessments. Because we have both been so busy, I want to clear up a few misconceptions about my job and my class.
I teach academics too. My students might not academically be on the same level as their grade level peers but they are still working hard on language arts, math, science, and social studies at their individualized level. Some of my students might need more breaks and shorter work sessions to get through their tasks. We use assessments and data to plan our curriculum and instruction just like your class.