Tuesday, January 29, 2013

14 Days For the Love of Teaching

This year has been crazy-busy!  I have been MIA more than I ever imagined I would be.  We were finally able to find a qualified teacher to hire and take half of my class.  I now have 13 students in my class instead of 23.  (That's a huge number for a self-contained sped class!)  Teaching is so much easier (and enjoyable!)  now and I can finally give my students the attention and support they deserve.  Since the teacher who was hired is fresh from college (green as a gourd as we say in TN), I am helping her quite a bit.  Even though I am mentoring 2 beginning teachers (our resource teacher is brand new, too!) it is so nice to have a team to work with and help each other out.  I spent many years being the only sped teacher in the building so I love having other sped teachers to share with.  (New teaches are full of fresh ideas!  I love learning right along with them!)

So, back to business................As way to say "thank-you" to all of my wonderful blogging buddies, I have teamed up with 13 amazing blog authors.  We are offering a different Valentine themed freebie for everyone for  the first 14 days of February.  The Blog Hop will kick off at Ms. Smarty Pants' blog on February 1st.  Make sure you check back each day to see the next blog and freebie.  I can't wait to see all of the fabulous freebies!

In other news, Teachers Pay Teachers is having a huge site-wide sale on Superbowl Sunday.  So while your hubby is screaming at the TV, stock up on all of your favorite teaching goodies at a super price.  (I am already filling my wish list now!)



  1. HI! I am your newest follower! I am a special ed life skills teacher! LOVE your blog! :)

    -Holly Phinney


    1. Thanks for leaving your blog link. I love finding new sped blogs!

  2. I can't believe you had 23! that's Crazy! I have 6 students with Autism. They are thinking about giving me another student. And sometimes one more can seem like 20 more. I hope your year gets easier and I am glad you see the positive side about Newbies. =)

    1. My year is already easier! I love having a smaller group to work with. The hardest part was letting half of my class leave. I love my kiddos! Very glad they just moved next door so I still get all of my good morning and good bye hugs. When you have your kids for multiple years, it's really hard to let them go.

      I hope your year is going great!

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  4. WOW, 23 students in a s/c classroom...that is a lot of work!!! I have 11 right now and have 14 at the most, so kuddos to you! I have been following your blog since the summer. I finally started my own and hope you stop by to check it out!

  5. I can't image having 23 kids with needs! Wow! I am a total inclusion teacher K-2. I was excited to discover your blog tonight! I am your newest follower. I am also interested in learning from other sped teachers. I have just begun to enter the blogging world myself. Feel free to check out my blog the Phonics Phenomenon!


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