Many people may think that the life of a special education teacher is easy. I know that many people would like to think that we have less to do than other teachers. However, I’m here to shed some light on the reality of the job.
Life of a Special Education Teacher
I truly hate that I’ve taken a month long break from blogging. It wasn’t planned. In fact, I missed a couple of post deadlines recently and that’s not me. I’m a bit embarrassed about it, but it is what is. You see, the life of a special education teacher isn’t for the lazy or faint of heart.
Every year that I’ve been a teacher, I’ve been convinced that it was the hardest one. However, this year takes the cake. In fact, other teachers in my department can’t remember a more difficult year. So, I know that it’s not just me this year.
The reason it’s been so hard this year is due to a couple of factors. For starters, the county is demanding a multitude of new things that require more time. Then, on top of that, as a department, we’ve had 3 out of 7 teachers go out on long-term leave (for different reasons). When one of us goes out, they get a sub to cover our classes. However, they can’t manage a case. So, it’s up to the remaining ones to take on those students.
Over the past 6 weeks, we had two teachers out at once. One of those teachers is a very dear friend. So, I would never complain about her. I know that it was the best thing for her. However, I feel like I owe an explanation to my readers and sponsors for the lack of posts here.
To put it simply, the life of a special education teacher is a crazy, stressful one. I more often than not leave the school completely drained. I love my kids and I would do anything for them. From planning lessons, doing adaptive curriculum, writing IEPs, doing progress reports and tracking progress, the list goes on. I run all over the building during the day going from class to class. I go in early and leave late. It’s all I can do to keep up some days.
I have no intentions of quitting blogging. My blog has brought me some amazing opportunities (shh… I even got some pixie dust in my inbox this year!). So, I can’t imagine my life without it. It’s just hard to balance the life of a special education teacher along with anything else.
I hope that my readers and sponsors don’t leave me as I fully intend to keep blogging, albeit whenever I get the chance and energy to do so. I’m hoping that I will have more time heading into the end of the year as I only have a few IEPs left to write and we are wrapping up the adaptive curriculum stuff now.
Thank you to everyone who is still here. I appreciate it.