Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Benefits of Collaboration Between ESL and General Education Teachers

In addition to its benefits as a planning tool, ESL and general education teachers can collaborate in order to meet the specific needs of their struggling English language learners.

In a collaborative context, teachers realize the benefits of working together. Collaboration saves time and maximizes curriculum. Further, teachers spend less time working in isolation. Since school districts do not provide teachers with specific guidelines on how to collaborate, teachers

need to develop their own guidelines for collaboration which reflect their experience and goals. As part of our collaborative plan, we started out creating a working definition of our struggling ELLs. We wanted to create a possible model for implementing collaboration techniques. Of course, teachers will also need to monitor themselves on implementing the guidelines. They will also need to document the progress of their students and then plan as a whole to ensure ongoing success.

When teachers successfully develop a plan for their own collaboration, they ensure that their instructional goals and objectives will be met. It makes sense then to learn what works for other teachers so they can meet the needs of their own struggling ELLs.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Special Education Teacher Jobs - What You Need to Know When Interviewing!

The job of teaching has changed over the years. Teachers have more to do than just teach today. The training for teachers is ongoing throughout their career. This is especially true for special education teachers. Special Ed teachers are teachers, advocates, knowledgeable about various disabilities, experts at creating special education lessons and at writing IEPs (Individual Education Programs). Special education teacher jobs are in high demand because one other thing a special ed teacher needs is dedication to doing everything they can to aid their students in reaching their full potential. If you are looking into a special education career there are some things you need to know in order to make the cut in this field.

You will be asked a number of questions during an interview for a special education teaching position. This means you need to be as familiar as possible with the questions and answers you will be presented with so you can be confident in your answers.

Here are some things you will need to be prepared for in a special ed teaching job interview.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

10 Signs That You'd Make a Great Special Education Teacher

It takes a certain type of person to become an excellent special education teacher. Not everyone can handle the day to day stresses of this kind of work so it is important that you have the right personality traits before you pursue special education as a career. Here are some of the top traits you should posses.

Being a special education teacher is a unique task and it's not for short-tempered people. If you are the kind of person who manages to keep a smile when everyone else is complaining, then perhaps you possess the qualities repuired to be a special education teacher. Here are some of the virtues you require:

A good special ed teacher is passionate about her students and knows this is what she is meant to do. You should cherish your students despite the setbacks and if you possess a real passion for teaching special education kids then this should not be difficult at all. A lot of people go in to it thinking they were called to do it but after spending some time with the kids and experiencing the ups and downs that come with the job, they quit because they can't handle the pressure.