The expectations of a special education teacher
Intermediate autism Teacher (Current Employee) – Milwaukee, WI – January 21, 2016
The expectations of a special education teacher in Milwaukee Public schools is more that one person can handle. Provide service to parents, meet the needs of the children, and work with the team to develop annual IEPs. Assess all the students (14 on my caseload with severe autism.) and keep data on grades, IEP goals, and behavior. Plan differentiated lessons for varying levels of ability and have time to teach said lessons while still maintaining individuals needs including academics, behavior, social/emotional, and functional. Set goals for myself and assess myself plus prepare reports on all areas of Danielson's Framework for evaluation.
I could go on with the expectations. There are definitely more. It is very difficult for 1 person to have all the responsibility when I have very volatile and violent students I have to remove 3, 4, 5, 6... times a day for behavior. Due to these students, I fear for my safety and the safety of the other students in my classroom.
The positive part of my job is when my students make connections and make gains on their IEP goals. I love the moment when the students are proud to show me that they can do something they couldn't do before. I also have met some of the most wonderful people who work tirelessly to meet the needs of their students. It's amazing to have coworkers who are my friends.
comeradery with collegues
more work than 1 person can do within the school day