Special Education Teacher
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What was your most difficult course in college?
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1. What was your most difficult course in college?
Top Answer
A very fast paced research class in which my computer broke down.
Second Best
I would say Kinesiology because I needed to develop a system for remebering names of bones/muscles.
3.
My most challenging class was math but it also taught me to develop strategies to learn mathimatical concepts and when to ask for tutoring.There are no stupid questions so ask if need help.
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Geometry. But I asked for help and learned to use tools to get the answers you needed.
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Geometry until I learn the tools needed to understand the problems.
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Geometry until I learned the tools needed to understand the problems.
2. What do you do in your free time?
Top Answer
I love spending time with my family and friends whenever I have free time.
Second Best
During my freetime, i do things which is very important in my life.
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I enjoying a variety of activities that allows e to help people.
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Spend time with my family and friends. Read , garden, walk.
5.
Spending time with my husband and special ed son Josh is most imortant to me.We enjoy simple plesures making dinner, walks and viewing movies.In the summer we tent camp for a week.
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I volunteer with a organization that helps people learn to manage their emotions.
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I volunteer with an organization that teaches people how to manage their emotions.
3. If you could do anything different in your education, what would you do?
Top Answer
I would have gone to college after high school rather than 20 years later.
Second Best
If I could do anything different in my education I would continue to go to workshops improve on and learning new teaching skills.
3.
If I could do something different in my education, it would be to have gone to college younger in life and pursue a higher education.
4.
I would continue my studies in the field of behavior supports and autism. I would also make sure that I continue to build structure and routine into my classroom so the students have clear and precise boundaries and know what is expected of them.
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Have more communication to developmy interestsand areasof strenths.
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I would take classes toward earning a masters in academic leadership.
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I would mark progress based on previous years as opposed to comparing school to school. Not every school faces the same academic challenges making AYP an impossible measuring stick.
4. What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good Teacher?
Top Answer
Confidence,patience,understanding.
Second Best
Confidence,creativity,passion.patience.
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Patience, understanding, organization and a sense of humor.
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Most important qualities in being a good Teacher are being able to differentiate instruction to cater towards all students learning abilities and being prepared for all lessons.
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Commiting time, collaboration, materials, planning,researching best practices to tailor instruction to specific student needs. Also, being willing to work as a time to ensure maximum benefit for the student.
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A good teacher is well prepared. She is patient, understanding and resilient. She knows how to differentiate instruction for the unique needs of her students.
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Patience, organization, versatility, and leadership.
5. Tell me about a stressful time in your life. How did you handle it?
Top Answer
My mother passed away 12 years ago and that was very difficult. I felt a lot of comfort in the support of my family, friends and church.
Second Best
What do you hope to accomplish in your career over the next five years?
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I had one customer she iwas yelling i tried every thig with her then i call my manager.
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I prayed
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When my husband went through some health issue, I went through some rough time but I was very calm and managed everything routine as normal for my children. I stayed positive because I wanted my husband and kids to know that everything is going to be fine.
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When my mother and father died, I prayed and cried a lot I even took a year off because they died with in 8 months of each other.
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Moving was stressful. I handled the stress by spending time doing work that I enjoy and becoming involved in community programs such as the Artist Studio Association and the VIsual Arts Center.
6. How will you be able to help other faculty members with special needs students?
Top Answer
I will able to help them make accommodations and modifications to meet the needs of students with exceptionalities.
Second Best
By understanding and hearing their concerns, sharing IEP goals, information regarding the students' disability, ask how I can help collaborate with modifications of work or ensuring accommodations are being provided, doing my best to provide literature and research regarding the disability, work with the student on procedures and policies for the general education teacher.
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Tell them he is your friend work as a team member.
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I would be able to helpnother teachers by providing assitcne t
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I would go over the students IEP goals with them and collaborate with them on what accommodations/ modifications the students needs to be successful in a full inclusion setting. I would provide a brief power point/handout on differentiated instruction.
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I can collaborate with teachers to pinpoint specific difficulties and then offer specific learning tools so that the student can learn.
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I will be able to Work with a faculty members, working together and discussing the lessons and creating and excellent learning atmosphere.
7. How can you illustrate to me your dependability?
Best Answer
I make sure to communicate at least on a weekly basis with teachers, record observations to ensure correct understanding of student progress, and I follow through.
2.
I am always 10-15 minutes early for work. I have a personal motto of under promising and over delivering. I take immense pride in my personal work and turn in nothing less than my best and I never make a promise I can not keep. If there is any doubt, I explain that up front.
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Describe a situation where his/her dependability showed through
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I am always early to work instead of on time. Being early is on time and being on time is late.
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I arrive to work every day 30-45 minutes early and work late to help students receive the extra help they need to be successful.
8. Why should we hire you?
Top Answer
Because I love children.
Second Best
1. I am very intuitive and observant. 2. Based on my observation, I can make changes and be flexible.
3.
I have worked in Learning support for 13 years as an aide before going back to school to get my teaching degree. I come with years of educational experience that means I will be able to step right in with little training.
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I am best candidate because of my communication skills and ability to get students to buy into ed by walking them through side by side.
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I work extremely hard and I am very organized. I like to be prepared for every lesson and differentiate my lessons that I am able to accommodate all students educational needs.
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I am ambitious and a self starter. I have 4 years experience in the Special Education classroom and two additional years working one on one with students with significant behavior problems. I am team oriented, collaborate well and I am willing to learn, as well as to teach my colleagues.
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I am passionate, patient creative, and dedicated in helping all students be successful.
9. When did you make the decision to teach autistic students?
Top Answer
My son has Special needs and he has some traits on the Autism Spectrum and then I was also able to work as an aide in the public school for several years and I enjoyed working with children who have Autism.
Second Best
I thought it would be challenging working with autistic children ever since I watched a program on TV and they found success with giving the autistic child a dog.
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Many years ago when I became a Special Education Paraprofessional.
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I realized that students on the autism spectrum are very unique and need a positive, dependable, creative, and organized person in there life to teach critical life skills.
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When I started working with a child with ASD as my first job.
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Several members of my family have similar disabilities and I saw how they struggled when all there needs were not met.
10. What makes you stand out among other applicants?
Top Answer
My positive attitude and genuine care about students will stand out the most compared to others. I hold high expectations of my students as well as myself.
Second Best
I am an individual who is committed to making education a lasting experience rather than a lecture to be endured. I believe in a 'go to where the student is and walk with them' philosophy, as opposed to someone who expects students to come to where the educator is.I have a strong background in technology, differentiated instruction, and a communication-based environment.
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I have worked in the education and charity sectors working with children with diverse sets of children with wide range of needs. Therefore I am able to work with children of all abilities as I am flexable and adaptable to different settings.I am able to use my own intiative, organised and think on my feet in unexpected situations. I am able to build good relationships with all children, adults and parents.
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Even though I have been in this field for over 5 years, I am still very passionate about learing new strategies/reserches on working with students with autism. My experience working at the small NPS gave me great deal of opportunites to attend workshops and trainings. I have a great deal of experience with AAC, students with behaviors, analyzing/writing behavior support plans, etc. Worked for a small school, I got to have chances to work with different age levels of students. I worked with K through 8 with various challenges.
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Being a special needs teacher for more than 4 years, my experiences in this field contributed to the skill I possess by knowing how to adapt the curriculum to the needs of the students to maximize learning and make learning as meaningful to them as possible.
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Because teaching is a second career, I feel most schools would find me more mature and more experienced than most new teachers, bringing more life experiences and general skills to the table. I am an incredibly hard worker, highly organized, and skilled at building successful working relationships with all kinds of people. I also bring with me leadership qualities, all of which will bring success in the classroom.
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I am a hard worker, have the urge to help people, i am a leader
11. How often do you partake in social activities?
Best Answer
I am involved in social activites that supports my school and community.
12. How do you handle yourself under stress?
Top Answer
Being able to stay calm and find ways of handling a hard situation is key.
Second Best
It depends on the stituation, but I always try to remain calm and get a grip on the situation and solve the problem.
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When feeling stressed or overwhelmed, I will give my students work to do quietly so that I can gather my thoughts and reflect on a positive way to handle the stress I feel.
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I take a moment, remove myself from the situation, reflect on what is occurring and formulate a plan to deal with the issue calmly and rationally.
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It depends upon the situation in which I am feeling stressed. If I felt stressed in a classroom, to the point of which I concerned myself, I would either syep out of the room for a moment, leaving the students with an aide or - if I were alone - would tell the students that I needed a moment and ask them to read quietly for 5-10 minutes.
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I take a second to take stock of the facts and ground my actions based on what is actually occurring and I review the plan I have made.
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I am very good at handleing stress because I am able to use a variety of positive strategies that deesculates stress.
13. Who is your greatest role model?
Best Answer
My 6th grade teacher. She taught me a lot about being more than a teacher but also a role model. She allowed me to create a lesson and teach it in front of my peers and I was very excited to complete all teaching aspects of a lesson in 6th grade.
2.
Ms. Sage modeled investment in providing quality instruction through persistence and finding resources through research.
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The first principal I worked for as a teacher. She was patient, but firm.We knew what she expected and rose to meet her expectations. She supported us 100% and when we needed correction she was firm and forgiving at the same time. She was an authentic leader, a master teacher.
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My greatest role model was my teacher who taught me to be patient, organized and versitile.
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I have had several great role models in education over the last few years...some teachers and some administrators and I have learned many things from all of them. But, my greatest role models typically come from the students I work with. They teach me the greatest patience, courage, and resilience that I could ever hope to have.
14. What are your 2 weakest points?
Top Answer
Perfectionist to the point of exhaustion at times and sometimes I let my heart lead.
Second Best
Not being fluent is spanish and have a big heart for students.
3.
I do not had my own classroom as a permanent teacher.
4.
Sometimes I am too ambitious... I keep trying. Others may want me to quit, but I feel that I have to find a solution. Sometimes I carry the students home in my heart, especially after a difficult day.
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My inability to speak spanish fluently and working too long of hours at times.
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Not being fluent in spanish and
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Big heart and.
15. Have you ever had to calm a person down, what happened?
Top Answer
When trying to calm someone down, I have told them to take a time out. Once a sufficient amount of time has passed to discuss and reevaluate the situation calmly I will do so. Unless it is an extreme situation, I try to give everyone time to calm, if not things could get worse and yelling will not help.
Second Best
Yes, talk person through what is happening, and give support to him/her.
3.
Use a quite voice and try to remove them from the situation or a time out for them to calm down.
4.
A student became agitated. The student had math work in front of him. He started writing down random numbers. I asked him if I could show him a trick I had learned, a number line, to figure out positive and negative numbers. When he could successfully locate the correct numbers on a few questions I let him try to solve a few problems on his own. I came back and urged him to again use the timeline. It was very rewarding to see the student become more confident with the use of math tools!
5.
Yes, the child I worked with was very upset and ran from the classroom. I taught her to use Dots and Squeezies to calm herself down and helped her to learn deep breathing and asked her if it was okay for me to apply pressure to her shoulders. She was one that responded well to a quiet voice, a calm tone, and deep pressure. She settled right down.
6.
Yes, many times in teaching mild/moderate students. A student was yelling and cursing at me and other students and I calmly walked up to the student and asked him to take five outside the class to calm down. I talked to him outside with a aid in the room watching my students.
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I had a student start swearing at me during class. I did not get upset. I very calmly said "I can see that you are upset. Please step into the hall and take a few minutes and we can talk when you are ready. I did not send the student to the dean, and felt by not doing so I was not further aggravating the situation. I was also able to then get the student to calmy speak to me, which I felt helped me to earn trust with the student.
16. Explain to me an IEP? What is the difference from an IEP and a CSE?
Top Answer
Individual education program is put in place to meet the needs of the individual student and prepared by the educational team that includes the parents. CSE is the referral for services.
Second Best
An IEP is an Idividualized Education Plan, which is created to meet the needs of a child with a disability. It explains how the child learns and how we can help the child to learn more effectively. A CSE is the comittee who decides if the child is eligible for services based on an evaluation of the student's abilities and needs. If a student is eligible, the CSE will implement an IEP based on the evalaution to best meet the needs of the child
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Iep is an individualized educational plan.
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Individual educational plan child study evaluation.
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An IEP is an Individual Education Plan which is designed to meet the unique educational needs of a child with a disability. It describes how the child learns, demonstrates learning and how we can help the child to learn more effectively. the difference between IEP and CSE is that CSE is when parents have chance to input in the education of the child .
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An IEP is provided for student with disability under the IDEA guideline. Student who after careful evaluation cannot function adequately in regular a classroom. IEP allows for modification and accommodation.
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Iep is a plan of strategies and goals while a cse is a committee of person who make up the plan.
17. When did you realize you wanted to be a special education teacher?
Top Answer
After spending several years as an aide, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher of this special group of students.
Second Best
At 8 yrs old after learning about a neighbor born with downs.
3.
When working as an assistant in a behavioral classroom. I decided to go back to school to get my special education degree.
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When I worked in the Public Schools as an aid, I found out that I love being with the children who have special needs. I heard a child refer to the teacher one day as the "one who makes the hard things easy." It was then that I decided I want to be that teacher.
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I realized it when I started working with students in the Special Olympics.
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I realized I wanted to be a Special Education Teacher after becoming a Student Helper to a child with Autism. I worked closely with the child, developed progress monitoring and instructional tools to assist the student.
18. What was your favorite course in college?
Best Answer
My favorite course in college was cooperating traching.
2.
My favorite course in college were Instructional Strategies, Applied Behavioral Analysis and Inclusionary Practices.
19. Do you have experience creating and maintaining documentation on your students?
Top Answer
I did progress monitoring on my students in reading and math. I also was on the Dibels monitoring team that did screening on students in reading three times a year.
Second Best
Progress monitoring and six minute solution programs.
3.
As a teacher you should keep all records of students academic achievements and areas of concern. I even keep documentation of parent/teacher emails and phone conversations.
4.
I do have experience observing and recording data about the classroom environment, student assessments, and social interactions.
5.
Yes. I have used computer based programs, charting, checklists and goals. I have reported to my parents in writing notes, report cards and by documentation according to their IEPs.
6.
I am very experianced with maintaining daily documentation of all my students and parent collaboration. I use a informal behavior/academic checkilst to rate students.
7.
Yes, I progress monitor on a weekly, bi-weekly and monthly basis depending on the needs of the students. I have parent communication logs and I send a Report of Progress on a quarterly basis to the families of my students.
20. How do you feel about working with students, that can sometimes be difficult due to their circumstance?
Top Answer
I feel it is important to think out a plan for assisting students going through crisis and ensuring that a meeting with other staff takes place to collaborate on strategies to support that student as well as follow through.
Second Best
These are the students that intrigue me the most. I want to find out what underlies their behavior and help in whatever ways I can, to remedy the problems. Sometimes the problems are so deep and so personal, that I know I wont be able to undo the hurts that they have experienced but I can offer them a safe place, a nurturing place to learn.
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All students can have moments when there behavior is challanging. The key is to find out why the behavior is occuring and when.
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Every student can be difficult at some time. The key is to look beyond the actions and find the reason.
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I feel confident that I can offer help and support to them to help modify their behavior.
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Be patient.
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Listen. Be Compassionate, sometimes they just need someone to understand them.
21. How will you work cooperatively with other faculty members in educating these students?
Best Answer
It takes a team to education students and special needs students are no exception. I would include as many professionals in my class as possible to give my students the best program they can have. Mentor teachers can help support with ideals to create a positive education experience.
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Working cooperatively and creating an excellent learning atmosphere is key to being a teacher. Discussing lessons and creating ideas together that will enhance students learning will be a successful teacher and classroom.
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Collaboration is an ongoing respect based relationship in which we learn to work together using our strengths to maximize student progress.
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I would listen to there concerns they have and go over all of the IEP goals and accommodations that would help the student achieve more successfully and give a inservice/ suggestions using a power point or handout. Open communication with all personel involved.
22. What are your 2 greatest strengths?
Top Answer
Organizational skills and determination to level the field for my students to succeed.
Second Best
I am reflective in order to provide the best supports I can and I follow through on a daily basis.
3.
Collaboration with the team including the parents, and problem solving.
4.
I believe I am very good at building positive and successful working relationship. I am also highly organized.
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Collabaration and differentiation.
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Hard worker nad flexilble love working with kids.
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My greatest strengths are flexibility and professionalism.
23. To what specific area of special education are you most attracted and why?
Best Answer
I like most every area of special education. In my experience, my favorite class has been the life skills class I was teaching.
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I am flexible as I have worked with students with a variety of special needs and I really enjoy tailoring instruction, matching tools, and collaborating to support different levels of students.
3.
Learning disabilities and emotional behavioral disorders. They are the ones who need to be understood and they are as unique as a fingerprint. Solutions also need to be unique.
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I was interested in working with all students who had difficulties in learning. I wanted to help students alternative ways in dealing with there disabilities.
5.
I am most attracted to students with autism because assisting this population toward self-sufficiency is very inspiring.
24. What do you think you will dislike the most about being a Special Educator?
Top Answer
Not being able to see all the successful moments students have in a full inclusion setting.
Second Best
I like being able to see students achieve. Often times, special education students are left out and being able to see them progress is a great reward.
3.
Nothing...I look forward to the rewards of seeing my students achieve.
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I want to see every student succeed in some way, no matter how big or small. If I fail to see that happen, despite my sincere best efforts, I will take that very seriously.
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nothing i love kids
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I think not being able to effectively reach each and every child I encounter, or assist each and every child in succeeding/achieving to their fullest potential is what I will dislike the most about being a Special Educator.
25. What do you know about our educational program?
Best Answer
Your program is an inclusion based program in which students need specific supports unique to their education level changes.
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I know that you have a great full inclusion program that needs a special education support specialist to assist students with learning challenges and difficulties.
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I know that in this district we are working toward full inclusion with a co-teaching collaboration of team-teaching.
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Special education is the education of students with special needs in a way that addresses the students' individual differences and needs. Ideally, this process involves the individually planned and systematically monitored arrangement of teaching procedures, adapted equipment and materials, accessible settings, and other interventions designed to help learners with special needs achieve a higher level of personal self-sufficiency and success in school and community than would be available if ...


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Education Requirements

Special education teachers in public schools are required to have at least a bachelorís degree and a state-issued certification or license. Private schools typically require teachers to have a bachelorís degree, but teachers are not required to be licensed or certified.

Work Environment

Most special education teachers work in public schools. Some teach in magnet, charter, and private schools. Some also work with young children in childcare centers.

Special Education Teacher Reviews

Jun 10, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
I have worked in the Special Education field since I was hired by the school district and I have come to realize that this is the most rewarding profession; being able to make a difference in the lives of children with special needs.
What do you enjoy about being a Special Education Teacher?
I enjoy being able to assist students achieve their best, the communication, rapport, and support you can attain with families and teachers, and the positive difference you can make in so many lives.
What areas do you dislike about being a Special Education Teacher?
I dislike that sometimes I may not have the opportunity to experience or see the success my students achieve in the full inclusion classroom.
What special skills does it take to be a Special Education Teacher?
The unique skills I possess that compliment me as being a Special Education Teacher are my ability to differentiate instruction well, inspire students through interactive and creative classroom instruction, and the compassion and understanding I have for people.
What do you find to be the most challenging part of your job?
The most challenging part of my job is when I cannot fully reach a student due to the scars they have that no one may be able to change.
Tell me about the hours you are used to working and your schedule.
I typically work the whole time I am at school, I may work an hour after school, and I will come home and one to two hours a night and on each day of the week-end, depending on the tasks needed to be completed due to deadlines.
What are some of the benefits you are custom to as a Special Education Teacher?
I expect the benefit of seeing student achievement and progress.
What are some of your most memorable experiences as a Special Education Teacher?
Some of the most memorable experiences as a Special Education Teacher are the letters I have received from students who are moving onto another grade or leaving the school district. Also, the Positive and genuine response I received from the students when I left the third grade class I student taught in Stroudsburg; and the bonding that I have had with supportive parents.
What do you wish you knew starting out in your profession that you know now?
I wish I knew more about best practices and all the legalities involving Special Education so that I could have better prepared myself and learned more along my career path.
What advancements do you expect in the future?
I expect to see more collaboration between Special Education Teachers and Regular Education Teachers. I expect to see the advancement of students with special needs being able to be main-steamed more due do the implementation of co-teaching.
How often did you work in teams as a Special Education Teacher?
I came from working on the 9th Grade Black Team, so I only know how to work on a team, co-teach, and collaborate.
What type of stressful, high pressure situations, have you experienced?
The stressful, high pressure situations I have experienced as a Special Education Teacher are being pulled in all different directions between the necessary paperwork and the deadlines, the co-teaching, and the emergencies that present themselves throughout the day.
If you had to start over, what career would you choose instead of being a Special Education Teacher?
I believe being a Special Education Teacher is my purpose in life. I am assisting students, families, and teaching professionals.
Jun 16, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
I chose this profession, because helping, teaching and watching students with special needs succeed is my passion. I believe I possess the tools and knowledge to help as best as possible.
What do you enjoy about being a Special Education Teacher?
Watching the growth and maturation of children that have disabilities and learning disorders succeed in a typical education setting.
What areas do you dislike about being a Special Education Teacher?
Knowing that not all resources are always available and that no matter how hard you or the student work, you may never achieve all goals.
What special skills does it take to be a Special Education Teacher?
Having worked and lived with children with autism. It has helped me gain the understaiding and patience to deal with the special needs of all children.
What do you find to be the most challenging part of your job?
Trying to ensure that all students get the help they need during the school day.
Tell me about the hours you are used to working and your schedule.
At my current position I work 40 plus hours a week and it begins at 7 am and ends at 6 pm.
What are some of the benefits you are custom to as a Special Education Teacher?
The typical benefits that come with teaching jobs such as medical and retirement.
Jun 17, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
I chose it because it fascinates me.I want to understand more about children with disabilities.
What do you enjoy about being a Special Education Teacher?
I enjoy seeing the changes and transformations that they children go through.
What areas do you dislike about being a Special Education Teacher?
I dislike that sometimes they are ignored or always the last on the list for other people.
What special skills does it take to be a Special Education Teacher?
I am patient, keep calm under stressful situations, and I am bilingual.
What do you find to be the most challenging part of your job?
The most challenging part is not being able to see all their learning because it does take time to see the transformations.
Jun 23, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
In high school, I was involved in a future teacher club. It was my involvement in that club that exposed me to children with special needs and the teachers who work with them. I found their work fascinating and challenging and so meaningful. I knew that being a special education teacher was my calling then.
What do you enjoy about being a Special Education Teacher?
I love the challenge of problem solving way to help my students achieve their potential. I enjoy the individualized nature of the job and I love being part of a team dedicated to helping students.
What areas do you dislike about being a Special Education Teacher?
There is a lot of paperwork! Also, sometimes special education teachers may miss small gains that happen in the classroom when they are working with another student elsewhere in the school.
What special skills does it take to be a Special Education Teacher?
I am flexible. I am an encouraging person. I have a good sense of humor and I am a good team player.
What do you find to be the most challenging part of your job?
Finding the time in the day to accomplish all I set out to do for a student on any given day. Also, finding a balance between the needs of the student, the cooperating teacher and the parents can be difficult.
Tell me about the hours you are used to working and your schedule.
My typical school day begins at 7:30 and ends well past the final bell. Most school nights are spent lesson planning.
What are some of the benefits you are custom to as a Special Education Teacher?
I only expect to benefit from a healthy open line of communication with the teachers with whom I cooperate and the parents of the students I work with.
What do you wish you knew starting out in your profession that you know now?
I wish I knew how to communicate with parents as a newly graduated student.
What advancements do you expect in the future?
I expect the influence of technology to open the doors for students with special needs.
Jun 25, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
I have a son with a disability and he is my inspiration and joy. I choose this profession with him in mind and dealing with all the responsibilities and difficulties that come raising a child with special needs.
What do you enjoy about being a Special Education Teacher?
Seeing the little achievements a student makes. Seeing them grow into mature young adults Watching them beam and smile when they understand a concept.
What areas do you dislike about being a Special Education Teacher?
Budget cuts for the special education program. The high burnout rate due to all the work involved. When special education is a last prioriity in a school.
What special skills does it take to be a Special Education Teacher?
I am flexable. Can develop relationships with students, staff members, parents, and specialists. Have a caring attitude. Have fun when I am teaching. My classroom is a safe haven for students.
What do you find to be the most challenging part of your job?
I love all the parts of my job, but I would say finding time to complete all the nessary paperwork and teaching at the same time are challinging.
Tell me about the hours you are used to working and your schedule.
I work 11 to 12 hour days. My schedule starts off at 7:30 am when I arrive at school. Go over what I am going to accomplish for the day. Then visit with my aides from 8 to 8:30. Then my students arrive around 8:30 and I am introducing them to math or reading. I have aides that also have 1 or a group of students that work with students at this time also. I will teach reading or math depending on how many IEP minutes they need in my classroom. My day continues with different students streaming into my classroom and leaving when their time is met. My aides day is the same depending on what student they are working with.