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koppenhaverd
Ignorance is not bliss
Mon Jun 1, 2015 14:47
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Allison,
If nothing works you haven't tried everything, you've given up to soon, you lack creativity, or you haven't read enough or studied enough or talked to enough colleagues or really paid attention to your student(s). Teaching kids who struggle is hard--there's a reason why those of you with special education licenses will not find it difficult to find a job almost anywhere in this country. I have go-to colleagues when I get stuck: Karen Erickson, Woody Trathen, Beth Frye, Darrell Morris, David Yoder, Jim Cunningham, Pat Cunningham. They answer a question or ask it in a different way or point me to a resource and I go back to work. Develop your own set of go-to colleagues. And go here, http://secure.dynamiclearningmaps.org/unc/facilitated/index.html. These are free, how-to videos for teachers of children with the most significant disabilities. Keep learning!

  • Then what? - Allison Powers, Sat May 30 15:36
    I think this topic touches on what is one of my biggest fears as a teacher- what if nothing works? It's a scary thought that we have to decide what we believe is best to help our students and then... more
    • Ignorance is not bliss - koppenhaverd, Mon Jun 1 14:47
    • Burn Out - miloshcl, Sun May 31 08:38
      Hey Allison! Your fear (and mine and probably every teacher's) of striking out and not finding anything that works leads me to think of the danger of burn out. So many teachers, especially special... more
    • Me too! - Britt Hatcher, Sat May 30 15:57
      I am so glad that I am not the only one that has that fear! But I think that part of choosing action to put in place for our students with ASD is knowing more than just their name, it is really... more
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