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.)
Read entries from our bloggers.
Are you a teacher educator? Consider using Reality 101 as a course supplement for your introductory special education classes.
Have questions about the blog, or want to be put in touch with one of the bloggers? Contact CEC's Diane Shinn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reality 101: CEC's blog for new special education teachers
Rob: Teaching argumentative writing
Thu, 27 Feb 2014 08:28:43 -0500
Over the past few weeks, my 11th grade ICT class has been working through a unit on nuclear power. After reading through several arguments both for and against the new energy source, the class has been charged with writing an...
Adrien: Making the transition off campus
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 08:32:46 -0500
So, for next year (yes, I’m already thinking about next year!) I think we are ready to take my program another step in the right direction – off campus! In a perfect world and according to best practices, an adult...
Lisa: Teaching the larger lessons
Sun, 16 Feb 2014 11:41:14 -0500
Last week, one of my students brought a knife to school. It was a small pocketknife and he managed to keep it hidden for most of the day. I only found out about it because another student approached me after...
Rob: Encouraging -- and listening to -- the student voice
Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:51:47 -0500
One thing I have always prided myself on is encouraging student voice in my classroom. We, as special educators, are consistently dealing with students who have been told they’re wrong, and they’re behind. They often get teased by other students....
Ann-Bailey: Energized by the DADD Conference
Sat, 08 Feb 2014 14:51:55 -0500
About two weeks ago, while the weathermen warned us of the coming snowstorm in D.C., my intellectual disability team and I hopped on an airplane headed to Florida before a single snowflake managed to fall. We were headed to the...