As children with disabilities entered the public schools in the 1970s, they were taught in separate classrooms with their own teachers. Over the past 25 years, these students have slowly moved into the flow of the regular classroom, thus the use of the term "mainstreaming."
The attrition, or “burn-out,” rate for special education teachers is extremely high compared to most other professions. 50% of special education teachers leave their jobs within 5 years. Half of those who make it past 5 years will leave within 10 years. This equates to a 75% turnover rate every 10 years (Dage, 2006).
Always come to class with a plan... and a backup plan!
I found myself thinking about my experience as a Special Education teacher. If given the chance to go back, would I still sign on for the role? What have I learned that I wish I knew then? What would I tell someone just starting out as a teacher for those with special needs?
"Would I be a good special education teacher?" "Do I have the desires and skills to be a successful special education teacher, and actually enjoy what I do?" I hope I can help you assess your future in Special Education.
Last September, when my son began second grade, he was placed in the inclusion classroom at our local elementary school...
Are you ready for a very demanding, challenging yet very worthwhile and rewarding career?