Reality 101 is CEC's blog written for new special and gifted education teachers, by new special and gifted education teachers.

The Reality 101 bloggers are CEC members--who have been selected to share their experiences with the special and gifted education community for an entire school year. There will be successes and challenges, ups and downs . . . but no matter what, their stories will showcase just how rewarding a career in special education can be.

We encourage readers, both new and veteran educators, to get to know them, offer advice and share their own stories through the blog. Be sure to subscribe by e-mail or RSS feed, so you don't miss a single post! (See the upper-left corner of the blog.)

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Are you a teacher educator? Consider using Reality 101 as a course supplement for your introductory special education classes.

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Reality 101: CEC's blog for new special education teachers
Adrien: Geeking out on transition at CEC 2014
Sat, 12 Apr 2014 17:49:08 -0400 It finally happened! The CEC 2014 Convention & Expo 2014! My day on Thursday was full of good fun and learning! One of my morning sessions was about video modeling to teach transition skills. This is a strategy that has...
Rob: Give hope a chance
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:08:57 -0400 Continuing some of the ideas I expressed last time about grit, I have been thinking a lot about hope. Roth and Hemmelstein defined hope as “expectancy that a positively related event is likely to incur in the future.” It follows,...
Adrien: Attend a conference and take time for you
Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:49:16 -0400 Hi, my name is Adrien, and I’m an addict. Yep. That’s right. An addict. I am addicted to professional conferences. I recently attended the regional music therapy conference in Addison, Texas. Three days of glorious time spent with others who...
Rob: Rewarding true grit
Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:00:00 -0400 Remember back in January? With winter break’s optimism still wrapped around us like a big blanket, we made all those resolutions? Some of us pledged to work out regularly, read more, eat less junk food. I pledged to carve out...
Adrien: Turning theory into practice
Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:00:00 -0400 When wearing the hat of department head, I sometimes – no, often – feel like I spend all my time and energy working on other people’s problems or putting out everyone else’s proverbial fires. Don’t get me wrong, I love...