I was talking to my husband Phillip the other day when he asked me a question that I hadn’t stopped to consider for a long time.
“Why do you want to teach special ed?,” he asked.
He asked me this in response to the story that I was telling him regarding the bad day that I’d had in the classroom that I was subbing in last week.
It all started years ago when I worked at a Special Education Center with severely disabled students. It was not a good experience for me and I did not want to do it again. To do that type of work takes a special person- I am not that person.
I don’t think that Phillip really understood what I was saying. He thought that I was being mean. I wasn’t. What I was saying…well, the best way that I can say this is to compare it to the desire to have children. Either you want them or you don’t. There are no if, ands, or buts about it. In the same vein, either you want to be a special ed teacher to the severely disabled or you don’t.
It’s that simple. Either you do or you don’t!
I want to deal with mild or moderate students with learning disability or autism. I’ve worked with many children with mild autism and learning disabilities and really enjoy it.
My “problem” with the severely disabled is that there is almost no interaction. Working there for the two months that I did, I missed the interaction. I like interaction. I like to have a response to my question. Saying that I want anything less would be lying to myself as well as others.
So, to sum up everything, one of the reason that I want to teach special education could be because I like helping those who are underdogs and outsiders, since I am one myself I know their pain personally.
I want to improve their quality of life. I think part of it could also be that I feel that people need to continually improve themselves, and I want to be there to help them do that.
I want to help them to not only grow academically, but socially as well.
I want to be there or hear about it when they get something for the first time- that “Aha” moment!
Until next time people. Hasta la bye-bye!