Five Inspirational Blogs for Special Education

The Life that Chose Me

The Live That Chose Me

My Life In a World of Exceptionalities

http://specialed.wordpress.com/

This extraordinary blog is a labor of love for its developer, Daniel Dage. As a high school special education teacher of students with severe disabilities and the father of two boys with ASD, Dage’s real-life experiences make his blog a must-read for teachers and parents of children with special needs.

Browse through the posts and you will find insightful articles and valuable information about such topics as how to work with behavioral issues, the IEP process, and the frustrations special education teachers face on a daily basis.

Daniel Dage is not afraid to say what he thinks or how he feels. Whether he is telling a story about his two sons, writing about the small miracles that happen in his classroom, or stating his opinion about NCLB, Dage’s blog is an honest account of his views and opinions.

As one of his readers commented on his blog, “Thank you for speaking the truth with such candor and for being a public voice for all teachers in special education. From student ratios to ranges of disabilities to para-eds., you cover it by blogging the absolute accurate truth that we have to face each and every day that we enter our classrooms.”

Education on the Plate

Education On A Plate

A passionate look at learning, teaching, eating and drinking 

http://educationontheplate.wordpress.com

After a number of different careers, Deven Black became a special education/social studies teacher at the age of 50. He writes on his blog that of all his previous careers, “teaching is the most difficult, lowest paying and most rewarding. It took a long time to figure out, but being a teacher is what I want to be when I grow up. Like that is ever going to happen.”

Whenever you need a “lift,” take the time to read this blog. You will surely be inspired by Deven Black’s passion for teaching, his sense of humor, and his eloquent and easy writing style. Devon is fortunate to have found his passion in teaching, and his students are fortunate to have him as their teacher.

Teachers At Risk

Teachers At Risk

Elona Hartjes shares the insights, resources and practical classroom strategies that have earned her a Teacher of Distinction Award 

http://www.teachersatrisk.com

This blog was developed by Teacher of Distinction Award winner Elona Hartjes in order to help teachers teach students. The idea for the name “Teachers At Risk” came from Elona’s son Chris, who said to her, “Mom, you’re always talking about students who are at risk and all the things you do to try to help them. What about the teachers? Teachers are at risk too. I don’t hear anyone talking about teachers at-risk. What’s being done for them?”

Always upbeat and positive, Elona candidly shares her over twenty years experience as a special education teacher and gives helpful and encouraging advice, along with practical classroom strategies. Browse through the articles on this site, and you will surely become a fan.

Here are a few of her most popular posts:

Resource Room 220

Resource Room 220

A Special Education Teacher’s Views on… Education

http://resource220.com

Harold Shaw, the developer of this blog, writes in one of his posts, “Do the right thing for the right reasons – today and every day.”

If you are looking for a thoughtful, caring and perceptive education blog, this is the one to follow. Harold Shaw is a special education teacher who returned to teaching after 15 months at a government job. He states in his blog that being away helped him realize that education is where he wants to be.

Browse through his posts, and you will find they are well-written and rich with content and imagery. He blogs about the daily challenges that special education teachers face, raises important questions, gives helpful information, and speaks his mind about issues that concern him as a teacher.

Here are a few popular posts to check out:

Teacher Ponders

Teacher Ponders

To the Dark Side I go! This blog is a place for me to vent, complain, and journal about my personal and professional journey as I take a year off to get my special ed administrator license. Along the way I hope I don’t lose IQ points or my sense of humor. 

http://teacherponders.blogspot.com

This is not just another education blog. As you can tell from the subtitle, this is where Liberty Rose (teacher of children with Emotional Behavior Disorders and mother of an autistic child) goes to vent. Funny, witty and real, her blog is a roller coaster ride of emotions, but it also contains valuable advice and information.

Browse through these articles and you will realize one thing for certain: Liberty Rose is a passionate teacher who cares deeply about her students.

Here is an excerpt from her post Crispy Critter:

“But when my students feel joy, frustration, pain, loneliness… I feel it. No. I really feel it. Like every cell in my body reacts. It’s like I am them. This is why I am fried. 18 years of this. But this is exactly what makes me especially good at what I do. And we all agree I am unusually good at what I do. I feel it. I get it. I can empathize, sympathize and understand. It is what allows me to take just the right human action needed to get my kids through stuff others can’t. And even though I feel it as if I were them, I can dissociate enough to problem solve objectively.”

Take the time to check these blogs out. You’ll be glad you did.

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