Three Pieces of Advice for Special Education Teachers

Special education teachers are vitally important members of the teaching profession. Teaching students with disabilities of all types requires patience, understanding and a commitment to helping students succeed. Special education teachers are always in demand. If you're earning a degree in special education, remember these three pieces of advice as you embark on your career:

1. Seek support
Collaborating with other special education teachers and asking for advice can be a huge asset in your career. Not only will it help to make you a better teacher, but networking with other educators who understand what you do through day-to-day will also give you access to valuable support and resources.


Obama Administration Pushes for Universal Pre-K

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President Barack Obama's push for expanding pre-kindergarten education in his second term could mean there will soon be more demand for elementary school teachers than ever before, providing an incentive for those pursuing a career in teaching to lend their skills to the younger set. 

"Study after study shows that the earlier a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road," Obama said in a recent speech about early childhood education.

Although the White House plan for universal pre-K has been touted as a program that would give every American child earlier access to education, it primarily focuses on delivering that service to highly disadvantaged children.


Benefits to Having Technology in the Classroom

The proliferation of technology is changing the way that students learn and teachers teach. Although some may fear that it distracts from more traditional methods of education, there are actually numerous benefits to having technology in the classroom:

1. Personalization
Individual tablets and computers allow teachers to cater their lessons to each individual student and accommodate differences in their learning abilities. Technology also makes it much simpler to encourage students to take an active role in their education and approach each lesson in a way that makes it easiest for them to understand.

2. Productivity
Studies have shown that having technology in the classroom increases the productivity of both students and teachers. Activities that used to take up a large portion of class time, such as research for a large project, can be performed much more quickly thanks to the internet.


Should You Switch to Online Teaching?

If you are considering a career as a teacher, or are already an educator but looking for a change of pace, teaching online courses may be right for you. Not only is the internet making it increasingly easy for students to earn credit from home, but it also keeps the lines of communication open between teachers and students outside of the classroom. Although online instruction is different than face-to-face interaction, it can be a beneficial tool for both teachers and students. Before making your decision, consider the following:


Specialized Teachers in High Demand by 2020

Good teachers are in high demand in the U.S. By 2020, we’ll need 440,000 more to keep up with the growing brood of kids ages 5-18. This is great news if you’re passionate about working with youngsters to hone their knowledge and help them grow. The better news? The Department of Education (DOE) has a few suggestions about in-demand teachers for the future. Take a look at these specialties as you carve out a career plan.


5 Things to Know About Teaching Administration

Making the move from teaching to administration carries a few stereotypes:

“You’re switching to the dark side!”
“You’ll never see the students!”
“You’ll get lost in paperwork!”

True, administration comes with a unique set of challenges, but experienced professionals say those stereotypes are misleading. Administrators impact kids’ lives in their own way, offering broader change during the course of their careers. If you’re thinking about transitioning into administration, keep in mind some things you’ll need:



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