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What should I know about teaching special education?

I'm really interested in teaching special education. Now, I do have some experience working with kids with disabilities. I volunteer with a therapeutic horseback riding program, and I have really enjoyed it. But I realize that teaching would be quite different. I would really appreciate some information about the pros and cons of the profession. For instance, I've heard that there is a great deal of paper work. Is this true, and does it detract a lot from the job?

Asked By: lizzie 412 - 8/19/2009
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The most important part is that you have the passion to work with people who have special needs. It's true that the paperwork can be a pain, but it's not impossible by any stretch of the imagination - it just means that you need to include things such as data collection as part of your daily routine. To me, the... More
Answered By: sonomanona - 8/19/2009
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i dont know anything about paperwork or anything but im studying nuerology and mental disorders right now and i have a brother with autism and i have adhd. since youve been around kids with disablities it should be easier but just be prepared for anything expect the unexpected because you never know what we'rer gonna... More
Answered By: tangarineqt1946 - 8/19/2009
 
I've been a SPED teacher going on 5 years now. Some teaching environments are more stressful than others! Either way, now matter what field in education you get into, you will have a tone of paper work....and you really won't have much of a social life outside of school. It is a lot of work, but in the end it is very... More
Answered By: ms_burns01 - 8/19/2009
 
Here are a couple of links where Special Ed Teachers were interviewed; http://www.educatekidz.com/teacher-interview.html http://www.educatekidz.com/specialeducation.html
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Answered By: BEE - 8/19/2009
 
In my opinion- the fact that you volunteer your time to work with disabled children in a therapeutic environment shows a personal passion and dedication to such a field of work. Salvage that passion and let it grow! Always beware of burnout and plan accordingly to avoid it. In the end working with exceptional... More
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Answered By: nutmeg - 8/19/2009
 
Yes there is paperwork, but it really shouldn't retract from the job. Depending on where you work, you should have time alloted to you (prep time) to do paperwork. It also depends on what type of environment you are teaching in. For example, I teach an early intervention preschool class, which is split into am and pm... More
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Answered By: MrsB - 8/20/2009
 
Normally nobody likes in your job. So it is great to hear you like this. you would be an excellent fellow.not only as a job, you are getting the self satisfaction too... More
Answered By: BestYahooAnswers - 8/20/2009
 
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