Saturday, April 16, 2011

About Me

I teach special education in a resource room setting for K - 2 in sunny Florida.  In my state, special education is called Exceptional Student Education (ESE), so I'm called the ESE teacher.  Most of my students have specific learning disabilities (SLD), but I also see students that are diagnosed with autism, traumatic brain injury, emotionally handicapped, and intellectual disabilities.  I'm starting my third year teaching, and I've learned that I have A LOT more to learn!!!

I'm also the lucky mom and wife to a fabulous family.  I have a 17-year-old daughter, 13-year-old daughter, and 6-year-old triplets.  Yes, that is correct.....triplets.  Our house is loud, chaotic, drama-filled, and messy!  There is rarely a moment where something ridiculous isn't happening.  My 17-year-old is going to be a senior this year (where has the time gone?), my 13-year-old will be a freshman this year (how is it possible?), and the triplets will be in first grade this year at my school (how did they get so big?).  My husband is a Marine, who helps keep the chaos of our family somewhat under control. We currently have orders to Hawaii for December and will soon be making a very big move!

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  I love that blogging allows us all to collaborate together, share resources, and grow as teachers.

19 comments:

  1. Thrilled to see a special ed. blogger. I have found snap words to be really helpful with my students. Here is the link:www.child-1st.com

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  2. Thanks for stopping by MaryBeth. I do use snap words with my kids and LOVE them. It's amazing how just giving kids a visual and sentence for a word makes a world of difference. One of my kindergartners has been working on the word has today. He can't remember the word when I show him the word has but when I show him the picture he remembers. He thinks that has is a robber because "He has a bag of money." Soooo cute!

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  3. Welcome to the blogging world! I am also teaching in Florida-- I am definitely adding this to my list and will check back often!!

    Thank you,
    Beth
    http://primaryconnections-beth.blogspot.com

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  4. Excited when I stumbled upon your blog. I am a Special Education teacher as well. This was my first year teaching too. I waited until my children were grown and responsible before I took the plunge to start my career that I started out doing 25 years ago! I LOVE teaching my kinders but most of all I LOVE teaching Special Education. By the way I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog. It is such a cute design. I have definitely added you to my list to follow (I just started my blog last week, so really NEW at this!!!) Thank you for sharing!

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  5. I'm also a SPED resource teacher for K-2 and am starting my second year of teaching. I look forward to checking your blog for new ideas! :)

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  6. I love your site! I too am a SPED teacher and my husband is a Marine!

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    1. Gloria - What a small world that you teach SPED and your hubby is a Marine! Have you found it hard to find jobs as you've PCS'd? That's my biggest worry.

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  7. Just found your blog, and am so excited. I am also a SPED teacher in a First Grade Inclusive classroom. I work alongside a fabulous teacher, and we are always looking for new ideas! Thanks so much for all of yours!

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  8. Sorry could not reply to my post so had to make a new one. Well we are moving to Hawaii from CA, so we will see how that goes (job hunt).

    I have an interview coming up so we will see...nervous!

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  9. Gloria - How exciting!!! I'd love to talk to you more as I might be on a similar job hunt here soon! Can you send me an email at extraspecialteaching(at)yahoo.com?

    Good luck to you on your interview!

    Angelia

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  10. thank you for taking the time to create a blog about teaching in special education!

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  11. I LOVED this idea so much that I made one for First Grade (220 Sight Words). I linked back to your blog in my blog post about it. Thanks so much for your great idea! Here's my post with the 220 words:

    http://mrsgilchristsclass.blogspot.com/2012/04/sight-words-powerpoint-freebie.html

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  12. I love that you are a SPED teacher! I am in a teacher at a charter school that is full inclusion. I teach kindergarten to students that have all kinds of abilities and I LOVE every second of it! I just entered the blog world and I am hoping to give tips to include all students on my own blog. I am so happy to see a blog like yours! I am a new follower!
    Vanessa
    Kindergarten Schmindergarten

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  13. This is the cutest blog design I've seen. It is so hard to settle on a design and yours is neat, clean, and informative. I am beginning my first year in a self contained Autism class in Texas. Just started my blog yesterday, and look forward to any and all tips for the classroom or blogging. Definitely following!!

    Lacey
    chellengesmakelifeinteresting.blogspot.com

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  14. Glad to find another sped teacher blogger! I teach students with emotional and behavior disorders in a self contained classroom that is in a separate facility! I'm your newest follower! Will you be teaching in Hawaii? How exciting!

    Mary
    Teaching Special Kids

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  15. I was just looking for some connections for special education resource teachers. It's interesting, because so far I didn't think there was much of a network. Are there any other resource bloggers/sites/twitter hashtags?

    ~Katie

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    1. Actually there are a good number of us. I've been keeping a pinterest board of all the special ed blogs I've found. Here's the link:

      http://pinterest.com/angeliagg/special-ed-blogs/

      Do you have a blog, too?

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  16. Just found your pinterest board! Thank you for putting these together!!

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