My College Journey: My Experience As A Special Education

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When I began my college journey, being a special education is far from what I dreamed of doing in life. The journey I planned to travel down was that of a neonatologist. I had always dreamed of working with babies and helping them get to the stage in life where they were ready to go home and be with their family. It was the summer after my sophomore year when I got a job at a summer camp that I reconsidered. While working at the camp and seeing them light up when they finally got it, made me realize that working with children every day is something that I knew I would enjoy. After that summer, I found a job as a nanny for a 1-year-old boy and decided to continue my education online. The advisor I was assigned to told me that it would …show more content…
GAA is Georgia Alternate Assessment in which my students complete work that align with standards for their various grades. For this assessment, as a teacher, I have to analyze what the standard is asking and then come up with 4 different assessments where my students are able to demonstrate their knowledge of the standard. There are two different collection periods with two assessments in the first collection and two assessments in the second collection. Rhere has to be fourteen days in between the two collections. During the fourteen days, the students are to be taught the curriculum and then assessed. After the first collection, I reflect on the results from the student’s assessments to see what area of the standard it is that I need to teach them that they are struggling with. Based on the first assessment of the second collection, I can usually predict what the outcome of the last assessment will be. There are so many factors that play into the way that the student progresses through the various standards. Although what I believe is good work and what the state believes is good work is totally different. Last year was my first year working with GAA and two students that are in the same grade and were assessed on the same material, received two different scores. One passed their GAA portfolio and the other student did …show more content…
There is so much that can be learned from willing taking feedback from others. In my first year of teaching, I thought that for the most part I knew what I was doing and had teaching under control. It was not until I received my first observation results and they were far from good but that there was a lot that I still had left to learn. After reviewing the notes and scores that I was given, I sent him an email wanting to meet with him so that we could go over the results of the observation. The words that came out of his mouth were not ones that I wanted to hear. He told me that I could do one of two things, 1) figure out how to make my teaching better or 2) the administration would give me ways that I could improve. I took the route of having them help me thinking that they would come, observe me more often, and give me more feedback on what I had improved on and the areas I needed to continue to work on. That was not the case; he instead gave me two books I needed to read and modules that I had to complete. Neither of those routes seemed to help me with the areas that I was struggling in but just added more to my plate. When those did not work, I reached out to one of my co-teachers in an effort for him to help guide me as to where I was going wrong when it came to reaching my students. I implemented the

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