Hi! I'm Brie, the blogger here at Breezy Special Ed. Thanks so much for stopping by! I love meeting other teachers (especially if you are a special ed teacher) so be sure to leave a link to your blog if you have one so I can get to know you!
This is my third year of teaching. I just absolutely love my job and my special education students! I teach in a regular high school, but in a very small and special section of that high school. We have a small multi-needs program of about 40 students and 5 teachers. Since we are in a regular high school we follow the typical bell schedule for our classes - 50 minutes a class.
The 5 teachers in our program all share our students throughout the day (meaning I don't have the same students each class period, I see just about all 40 of them each day) but we all have a caseload of students who we see for Language Arts, Math, and Resource. I teach the lowest of our multi-needs population in Language Arts and Math. I have six students and five 1:1 aides. Most of the activities in this class are individualized and each student is doing different things at different times. I feel this allows them to be the most productive.
I got extremely lucky this year and am teaching two sections of our fine arts. One section is verbal, and maybe a little crazy - and my other class is practically the opposite! So it's fun to see the differences between the two groups and how our activities differ slightly.
*I do not teach in this class, but I love the program my school has for P.E. so I'm going to share. Regular Ed students who are interested in going into special ed can apply to be a PE tutor. They need to have good grades and recommendation letters before they are considered. They then go through a semester long course on working and understanding students with disabilities. Then, the second semester, they are paired with a special education and help them participate in their PE class. This is such a fabulous way to encourage acceptance and interaction with ALL students in our school - love it! :)*
Let me know if you have any questions or would like to share materials!