Monday, July 7, 2014

SpEd Blog Hop w/ Tales of a Carolina Girl

I LOVE LOVE LOVE when I can find new teacher bloggers, especially when they are special education teachers and have been teaching for less than 5 years.  I enjoy it because they are in the same boat I'm in.  We are new to the teaching world and may also be new to the blogging world, but we are all researching, learning and networking with other teachers and educators who love to share their experiences, tips and advice. Today I'm linking up with Jamie from Tales of a Carolina Girl.  She has created a Special Educator Bloghop! So jump on over to her blog, grab this button and link up! 

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  • Name: Michelle
  • Job Title: Specialized Support Teacher (students with moderate to severe disabilities and multiple disabilities) 
  • Grade: Middle School (6th-8th)
  • How Long I've Been Teaching: This will be my 2nd year as a special education teacher, also my 2nd year teaching. 
  • Advice: Since I just finished my first year of teaching, there are a million things I can tell new special education teachers.  In a nutshell: network with other teachers (via your campus/district or the internet/blogging), be prepared to make mistakes (don't be afraid to learn from them), this job is hard and exhausting...but the joys and accomplishments outweigh the hard work! 

If you want to read all of my advice and tips for 1st year teachers, you can follow my summer series: ABCs of a first year teacher! 
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16 comments:

  1. Hi Michelle! Your blog is too cute! Thanks for linking up with my bloghop. One of the main things I am worried about with switching to special education is not having enough people to collaborate with. In my district their are only 2 other teachers that are also behavior support. But you are right that there are plenty of people to collaborate with through blogging! I am about to go read your ABC's of a 1st year teacher. Have a great day!

    Jamie
    Tales of a Carolina Girl

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you shared your bloghop!

      Michelle

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  2. Cute blog! I stopped by through the blog hop! I am also happy to see newer Special Education teachers linking up and sharing their advice for the school year! I am entering my 5th year of teaching (all special ed) and I can tell you we all make mistakes! The most important thing I have learned is to use data and research to back as many decisions as possible. You will always have data and Evidence Based Practices to fall back on! Good luck in year 2! Stop by and feel free to contact me any time with questions. I miss collaboration as well. I work in a tiny district and I am the ONLY self contained classroom in the ENTIRE DISTRICT! Luckily, we are starting a 3-6 self contained class next year so I'll have someone!

    Erin
    You AUT-a Know

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    1. That's so awesome there will be another teacher in your district next year!! Having someone in your area makes life a lot easier! Thanks for reading.

      Michelle

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  3. It is so great to see a Special Ed blog hop! When I started in my current position 6 years ago as a primary teacher for students with autism and intellectual disabilities, there were no other self-contained Special Ed classes in my school and it was a tough year! I was finally able to visit a classroom at another school in the district in late October. I got lots of ideas and encouragement which really helped. After 3 years, an intermediate class opened in my school so my students would have a place to go when they moved from my class. It was so great to have another teacher to share ideas with and to talk to! Now I don't know how I made it so long without a buddy teacher!

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    1. I love visiting other classrooms! It's such an inspiration and support. Thanks for stopping by.

      Michelle

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  4. So glad I found you on the special ed blog hop. Love the look of your blog! I'm looking forward to reading more of it.
    Great advice. No matter the setting our job is hard,but SOOOO worth it! I've been teaching for 18 years and I still find it to be both exhausting and a blessing.
    Pam
    MrsPSpecialties

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    1. Thanks for stopping by!! I love meeting sped teachers that have been teaching for so long. It gives me encouragement that I won't get burned out and be a statistic for the 'burnout rate!'

      Michelle

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  5. Just found you through this link up and I'm really looking forward to following your blog!!! Going to check out your series now!

    Brie - Breezy Special Ed

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Your blog has been a tremendous help!

      Michelle

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  6. So excited to find another new special ed teacher! I'm going into my fifth year this year. Your advice is great, and I like your blog! Glad to have found you through the hop!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I'm on my way to check out your blog too!

      Michelle

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  7. Cute blog! Glad to see you are sticking with special ed. So many get out and move on. You are right - it's hard and exhausting. But it's well worth it!
    Little Room Under the Stairs

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  8. Lovely to meet up via the blog hop and if you want maybe a different perspective from another country then please feel free to visit my blog about my experiences of mainstream primary special education in England. As you say it's so great to be able to share and collaborate via the blogosphere!
    Special Teaching at Pempi's Palace

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  9. I'm in month 4 of that first year and I'm finding your blog and your TpT store so helpful! Keep up the good work!

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  10. I'm a little late, but I just found you through the linky and am glad I did! I too teach Special Ed in Middle School! I'll have to link up ASAP. :)

    -Lisa
    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

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