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    By tara

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    No offense to Mary, but I can't help to relate with the other resource teachers that have posted. A teacher can up to me today and said, "I heard some teachers talking about your student." I said, "Which one?" She said, "How many do you have?" I said, "Today, I have 17, but I will have three more in the next week." She said, "Really, I thought you only had one. Nevermind then." She was not kidding. I have been a resource teacher there for two years.

    I always hear from general ed teachers about how cushy my job is and I have had to laugh and how ignorant they are. They have to learn and teach one curriculum for each subject that stays constant for years for one grade, get several planning periods each day, and hardly fill out any reports in comparison. Special education teachers often have a separate curriculum for each child, in each subject, for each grade, besides the district curriculum that they still have to learn for each grade to try to align with. We have no planning periods in a day, and often no lunch. The paperwork, scheduling, and collaborative issues are enormous. I hear the teachers complain about the 1 distractable child in their classroom...try having 6-7 of the most distractable students in your room all at the same time and trying to teach them each a different lesson. I would like to challenge each general education teacher to visit the special education classroom in their school and see how difficult of a job it really is. Why do people think their is always a shortage of special education teachers? Why do people think a special education classroom is the hardest location to place a sub? We teach the students that no one else wants to teach. So quick those general education teachers forget after they refer their toughest student to special education.

    I know I sound bitter, but I love my job. I love the look on my student's faces when they finally figure out a concept. There is nothing better than that! Teaching 1-to-1 and in small groups is an amazing experience. It is so much more personal. Watching my students finally figure out that letters make words and words make sentences and sentences make stories is an amazing thing. It is like watching a child walk for the first time. I wouldn't trade those moments for anything.

    I just wish special education teachers could have the same respect as general education teachers!

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