Investigating Meaningful Teaching Standards

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Diane DeVore


Sandra Lehr-Cecere, Instructor
July 7, 2010

There is a lot to learn about Special Education and it takes special and dedicated people to teach. I interviewed two inclusion teachers, a special education teacher, and a school principal on their opinions and experiences regarding special education, teaching and learning, and the philosophy of education.

Many special education teachers works with children who lives many learning disabilities such as mental retardation, traumatic brain injury, vision impairment and emotional disruptions that affect their ability to function in a regular classroom. These students learn that everyone is acceptable no matter what is told. For these students, success is simply just trying by just setting high standards that will build life changing confidences and remarkable results to believe that all students can achieve. Being in a regular classroom, special education students learn self-care and social interactions in which they are able to participate and complete assignments in English, Reading, Writing, Math, Science and Social Studies. You have to have patience to be a good special education teacher. Every day is a new day. This way of thinking can benefit anyone is a regular or inclusion classroom setting.

Special education teachers must be organized, patient, and able to motivate students, understanding of their students' special needs, and accepting of differences in others. Special Education teachers must be creative and apply different types of teaching methods to reach students who are having difficulty learning. Communication and cooperation are essential skills because special education teachers spend a great deal of time interacting with others, including students, parents, and school faculty and administrators.

When interviewing a principal who started out as a teacher and an administrator...
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