{About Me}

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!

8 comments :

  1. I just found your blog through Farley's Currently Linky. So glad to find other special ed teachers!

    Angelia
    Extra Special Teaching

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  3. Hi Brie!

    Just found you through http://fifthinthemiddle.blogspot.com/p/blogs-by-state-midwest.html website. Basically she lets everyone know where bloggers are from! I am so excited to find another special ed. Illinois blogger! I co-blog with my co-teacher, Carrie, and we are absolutely loving it! I have been teaching special ed for 5 years. Now I am teaching in 2nd grade which I absolutely love! Happy to be your newest follower!

    Carrie and I would love for you to join us on our "Sunny Summer Days" linky party and share what you have been up to this summer!
    Sunny Summer Days Linky

    -Caitlin
    Table Talk with C & C

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  4. Great blog please add me to your resource list. www.EnrichmentU.com
    Thanks,

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  5. Just found your blog and it is awesome! I am currently doing my student teaching in Special Education. I am super excited and nervous all at the same time! I look forward to looking more into your blog!

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    1. Hi Melissa! You are so sweet! Student teaching is a great experience! It's so nice to feel like you can finally actually teach :) And it only gets better when you have your own classroom. Good luck and keep me updated!

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    2. I am really excited to find your blog!! I teach a Comprehensive Developmental Class in the public school system. I have ages 14-22 in my classroom. Your comment about the PE teacher in your school sparked really made me smile. We have a PE teacher that hand picks seniors to do their senior project on service learning. They work 4 days a week with our students in PE on PT needs and upcoming Special Olympics events, and 1 day a week they go into the classroom and tutor our special needs students on academic, social skills, and/or vocational skills. It is an amazing program and we love it. I enjoy going in and watching the interactions and life-long friendships that come out of it. Some of the seniors, with parent permission of course, pick up our students at home and go to movies on the weekends. It's wonderful watching them ALL grow!!

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  6. Hi Brie,
    We are doing a blog hop for Thanksgiving and I sent you an email but I'm wondering if you received it. If you are interested, email me at drchrisreeve@gmail.com as soon as you can and let me know. THanks!
    Chris
    Autism Classroom News

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