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Special Education and Reading Recovery Teacher

Job Title: Teacher

Type of Company: I work in the Boston Public schools.

Education: BS, Education, Boston University •• MA, Education , UMass-Boston

Previous Experience: I have always worked as a teacher

Job Tasks: I am a special education teacher. I work to support classroom teachers to reach the varying needs of all the learners in their classrooms. I also create accommodations and modifications of daily assignments so that students can complete the required tasks. My goal is to work to reach the student wherever he or she is and give them the necessary skills to continue to make progress in school. I also work as a Reading Recovery Teacher. A Reading Recovery Teacher works with struggling first grade readers. I design and implement individual lessons for these readers. This intervention works to help these struggling readers reach the goals of first grade.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is working with eager students who are excited about learning. The joy they experience when they realize that they have learned how to do something new is incredible! The experience of learning from other teachers is quite powerful and helps me to become a better teacher.

The worst part of the job is dealing with paperwork. By paperwork I mean writing individual education plans, report cards, progress reports. Creating bulletin boards that are not for the kids but for the administrators.

Job Tips: Get as much experience as possible in different educational settings. Be open minded and participate in lots of conversations with other teachers so that you can gain insight into different ways of doing things. Realize how different kids today can be from when you were a kid. Always participate in as many professional development opportunities as possible: realize that there is always so much more to learn about education. Try to solve issues with children with a team approach. Never underestimate the importance of behavior management and how much students crave limit-setting.

Additional Thoughts: One surprise is that there are so many other things going on in children's lives beside schools and academic pressure.

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