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: Don't underestimate the power of belief
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:48:29 -0500
When I first proposed teaching Shakespeare's MacBeth in my 10th grade ICT classroom, I was met by my colleagues’ skepticism. No one had tried teaching Shakespeare before because they either felt the students wouldn't be interested or that the language...
Lisa: In praise of the Common Core
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:37:55 -0500
I have read a few articles in the last week that have bashed the switch to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The typical criticisms include that the CCSS are too much of a one-size-fits-all approach, that the CCSS put...
Reality 101's Attitude of Gratitude
Thu, 28 Nov 2013 06:00:00 -0500
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! To celebrate, here are some thankful thoughts from our Reality 101 bloggers. Rob: I get by with a little help from my colleagues Teaching is a tough business. There are so many things that influence our jobs...
Ann-Bailey: What students teach us about community & differences
Tue, 26 Nov 2013 09:00:00 -0500
The other day one of my kindergarten friends had a birthday. Every time someone in the inclusion kindergarten room has a birthday the classroom teacher has her kids make a book for the Birthday Star. Each child makes a page...
Rob: It's okay to make mistakes, here
Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:20:38 -0500
Yesterday, a fellow teacher friend was telling me about the classroom she set up last year. She taught Special Education in the Bronx, and she was given the “Special Ed” room for her self-contained class. The room was beat up....