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

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.)

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

Reality 101: CEC's blog for new special education teachers
Teaching with our goals in mind
Sun, 08 Mar 2015 08:00:00 -0400 As our kindergarten team was leaving a meeting the other day the reading specialist added one more comment, “Let’s change how we are talking about our reading groups,” she suggested, “ Instead of referring to our groups as the reading...
Time for a Reality Check
Sat, 07 Mar 2015 13:32:19 -0500 Reality 101 is currently on hiatus while we work on some updates. Stay tuned for new-and-improved content for new special educators by new special educators. In the meantime, we'll be checking in with some of our former bloggers from time...
Lisa: Moving fast in slow motion
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:11:46 -0400 The end of the year for a teacher is experienced as a unique combination of fast-forward and slow motion. The last few weeks of school are always riddled with end-of-the-year activities that are meant to culminate a school year and...
Rob: Modeling collaboration
Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:04:00 -0400 If I had to choose one thing I learned this year that I would like to incorporate more thoroughly in my classroom practice, it would definitely be the importance of collaboration. This is necessary both inside and outside of the...
Ann-Bailey: I am a special education teacher
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:44:00 -0400 While being home on maternity leave I have been contemplating becoming a stay-at-home mom. It is hard to spend my days cuddling my baby, doing art projects with my 2-year-old and then remember that I have to go back to...