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Posted May 08, 2004 at 6:32:25 PM
Subject: Speacil Education Teachers with LD

I was just interested in if anyone here, is a speacil education teacher who has a Learning disablity? I have had a Learning disablity all my life and i have always wanted to become a teacher of special education, but at times i get frustrated as i am still in college and it is a struggle everyday with my disablity... I was just wondering if if their was anyone out there that could give me some insight on what your experance is and was like? Thanks! :D
Karen

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hesterprynne
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Posted:May 10, 2004 8:43:10 PM

:shock: Watching this one for a response... (also want to be a special ed teacher)

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Anonymous
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Posted:Jun 22, 2004 3:22:50 PM

I do too.

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Sue
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Posted:Jun 22, 2004 4:09:32 PM

Welp, there's a good side and a bad side to it (as always, right?)

If you can learn to do everything you need to do to become an effective teacher, despite your LDs, then you'll be a good teacher *with* a good understanding of the challneges LD students face -- just don't forget how hard it was once you have finished :-)
One question I would ask myself: are my learning disabilities just making it take me longer to learn the things to be an effective teacher, or will they keep me from being a good teacher?
Lots of the stuff in teacher ed programs has nothing to do with being a good teacher. Struggling with that stuff is no big deal. If you've learned to read and spell and know all the wrong ways to do it, too, that's an advantage -- but if you still can't do it, then it's a problem.
I learned to accept that my organization & memory issues really were preventing me from giving students what they needed as a teacher. Special ed students need more than regular ones (despite teh fact that often teh teachers have less training -- they may be social studies wannabee teachers waiting for an opening). Good intentions and being able to do most of the job really well are all good -- but not good enough. However, I'm not wasting what I learned -- students and teachers benefit from my tutoring and my website and the educational stuff I've created.
It's important to look hard at your strengths and skills to figure out which direction to go in -- and then you have to factor in things like the way schools are set up, which unfortunately also can prevent effective teaching.

Sue J, webmastress www.resourceroom.net

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Posted:Jul 05, 2004 7:31:01 PM

What college do you go too?

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Anonymous
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Posted:Jul 31, 2004 12:43:58 AM

I do not have a learning disability but three of my children do. One of the teachers they had had dyslexia like them. She was an excellent teacher in additon to being able to understand the emotional effects and being able to assist parents in theri understanding.

I encourage you to pursue your goals.


Quote "KarenAnne":

I was just interested in if anyone here, is a speacil education teacher who has a Learning disablity? I have had a Learning disablity all my life and i have always wanted to become a teacher of special education, but at times i get frustrated as i am still in college and it is a struggle everyday with my disablity... I was just wondering if if their was anyone out there that could give me some insight on what your experance is and was like? Thanks! :D
Karen

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bgb
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Posted:Aug 02, 2004 10:04:30 AM

My son's special ed teacher this last year was dyslexic.

She did an awesome job and was a great role model for him.

Barb

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Anonymous
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Posted:Sep 15, 2004 4:30:58 PM
Subject:Thank you,

Thank you for all your insights and help, i attended SUNY Cobleskill in NY however i dropped out, however i went back and recently i graduated with my Certification in Teacher assistant, i have chosen to go back to school, which is i am attending college online through the SUNY learning network, and i absolutlty love the classes! I am hoping to go to St. Rose college soon to finish up! I am very excited but nervous as well! thank you again for everyone who replyed!!!

Karen :D

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Tessa
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Posted:Mar 13, 2005 6:11:45 PM

We'll...I'm trying it

I am learning disabled and am currently working on my third year of college. I'm going to school to become a special education teacher

It is SOOOO comforting to know that quite a few of you have HAD special education teachers that had learning disabilities, and you had nothing but good things to say about them!

I am a hard worker, and even though they didn't expect me to graduate from highschool...not only am I in college but I've been on the Dean's list every Semester sense I started at this school as a Freshmen.

I posted in the 'Teaching Student's with L.D." thread, talking a bit more about myself, but I will repeat myself here in saying that I have some worries about this.

For one, I am worried that my expectations will be too high. I know college isn't for every students, but I have a firm beliefe that a student with a mild/moderate learning disability can do whatever he/she wants.

I've actually found that people with LD...students here at the college...have a great start because they already know how to work. They are used to sitting down for hours at a time studdying. Some of the Freshmen here come and don't know how to sit still for 20 minutes. So..that's one advantage.

I'm a learning disabled student becomming a special education teacher...what am I doing? LOL Tessa

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nobodyimportant
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Posted:Mar 14, 2005 9:04:08 AM
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I posted a thread of a smiler nature in the "Adults with LD" forum. I believe my calling in life is to help others who share the same struggles I do. I hope to return to college in the fall and study to be an LD teacher. It certainly isn't going to be easiest thing in the world, and I'm fully aware of all the obstacles that will be thrown in my way. But I look at it like this, life is to short and to precious to waste, if I'm constantly worrying about what others say or think I will never accomplish what I want to do or get to where I need to go.

My LD is a lack of achievement in academic skills, I took "the highest common denominator", a phsycoeducational evaluation about a year ago. I discovered that mathematical ability is extremely low and so are my planning skills, which I need to accomplish important subjects in college. But I do have the ability to get a college degree according to it, even though it may be the bare minimum it's still sufficient enough for me to succeed in college. Therefor I will not reduce myself to a life of unskilled labor, not that there's anything wrong with working those kind of jobs, it's just not for me.

For all you kids out there who are LD and planning on attending college. It is imperative that you learn self advocacy, know what your ld is and know the laws in your state (or country) know how to fight for your rights. Research the institution you plan on attending make sure they will accommodate you with your LD. Remember when you're out of high school you're considered to be an adult, and it's your responsibility to make sure you're getting the help that you need in order to get your training.

Also assess your core values, whatever they are and whatever you believe you need to make sure that you are able to not question who you are at the end of your day. There's a bumper sticker that says "IF you don't believe in something you will fall for anything" which is very true.

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