Here is a guest post by Dawn Marcotte. She contacted me to provide this wonderful post written especially for SpEd students wanting to go to college. Thank you Dawn!
Why College is Important for Special Education Students
The importance of attending college cannot be overstated for everyone who wants to earn a livable income. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=77) students who have a college degree earn a median annual salary of $46,900 per year from the age of 25 – 34. Those with only a high school degree earn a median salary of $30,00 for the same ages. They went on to say that 73% of people with college degrees were employed full time.
While these statistics are informative, they don’t explain why college is so important for special education students.
Post-secondary education is so much more than just going to class, passing tests and graduating. College provides opportunities individuals simply won’t find anywhere else. Opportunities for:
- Internships and on the job training
- Learning life skills
- Expanding interests
- Help getting a job after graduation
I almost forgot to wish myself a Happy Blogiversary! It’s been 8 years that I’ve been blogging. I really can’t believe it’s been that long. It’s been quite a journey and I’ve been documenting it all. I love to read my past posts and see how far I’ve come! It’s also really fun to congratulate myself on the many successes I’v had. I love blogging! Here’s to 8 more!!!
My observation is over. Believe me when I say that I sat in my chair at my desk and exhaled once the observation was over. I sat for about a minute to collect my thoughts, then continued with my lesson. I’m pretty good at tooting my own, so I must say that it was a pretty good lesson if I do say so myself.
I built the lesson using the ALLI rubric. It’s designed to help you activate higher level critical thinking in yourself and your students.The rubric is insane though. By the time I finished attaching my rubrics & other related items, my lesson plan was 27 pages long.
After all of the testing this month, everything is downhill from here. It’s been a tough but eye-opening year. I’ve elevated my teaching practices and my own way of thinking. Although I didn’t get a chance to write as much as I would have liked, I’m pretty happy with the way the year turned out. Hopefully I’ll be able to write more in the summer. Here’s hoping!
Bye for now!
I have an observation on Tuesday for which the lesson plan is due Friday. It may seem like that’s enough time but it may not be. The lesson plan is so involved. I cannot get it together enough to complete the plan. I’m so upset that I can’t get it together because so much is riding on this. I’ll let you know everything works out. I’m so distraught!
Spring Break is nearly over. I have training for the next three days, then I’m taking off Thursday-Friday to spend time at my son, David’s, college overnight. I will return to work on Monday. Hopefully I will be ready then because I’m not really ready now. Here’s hoping!
Dear Readers, chime in. How was your Spring Break?
Happy Easter to everyone! I hope your day is as great as mine is going to be!