It’s Not Easy Teaching Special Ed

Reblogged from nprEd

It’s getting harder and harder to find quality special education teachers, which is why 49 out of 50 states report shortages.

Why? It’s a tough sell.

Even if you’re up for the low pay and noisy classrooms, special education adds another challenge: crushing paperwork.

This is something I understand first hand. You see, I was a special education teacher and I just couldn’t hack it. Though I’m somewhat ashamed to admit it, I only lasted a year in the classroom.

I chose special education for what felt like the right reason. I wanted to help the students who struggle to learn. But I soon realized that was only a part of the job.

The paperwork, the meetings, the accountability. Eventually it got to me. I couldn’t do it all and I got tired of showing up to a job I knew I couldn’t do. It’s that simple.

So, as I’ve been looking into the teacher shortage it hasn’t felt like a revelation that people are leaving the profession. I get it. Read more>>