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You Know What’s Hard About Being A Special Ed Teacher?

You know what’s hard about being a special ed teacher? You want to fix things and you can’t. You can make things better, certainly. But the nature of a learning disability is that it cannot be cured. I find parent teacher conferences very emotionally taxing. I appreciate the parents’ input and insight so much but I also feel a real burden when the hard questions are asked like, ” What’s going to happen to my kid?” “Will she ever be caught up?”
Truth is I can’t answer those questions. Wish I could, but I am careful not to make promises that I cannot keep.
Another truth comes to me. I read a book about children with learning disabilities that were successful adults. The book studied these individuals and found that the common denominator for these kids was they each had a cheerleader in their life. Someone who never gave up hope and someone who kept encouraging. This was most often a parent but could also be a teacher or other trusted person.
I may get frustrated that I cannot “fix” things but I will continue to be a dedicated cheerleader.

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So True!

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I have a sick ten year old today so I took the opportunity to read a book to him that I love but he would not choose on his own: Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat.

seen on Facebook today, sorry, no source

Parent Teacher Conferences

I never get to say as much as I would like to at parent teacher conferences. Sometimes I feel like I talk so fast I must overwhelm parents. Other times I wish I had explained things better.
One solution to this problem is a brochure. I created a brochure about my classroom to explain my goals, what is important to me, and the type of services that the resource room offers. I used the brochure to explain some of the terms and paperwork used in the resource department.
I also made my own business card so that when I tell parents to contact me or make an appointment, I have a quick visual and concrete way of inviting them to actually email or give me a call.

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