What does teaching special education look like?

Special Education teachers can play many different roles within the school setting. Based on the student's Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), the special education teacher may be providing services for students with disabilities within different types of special education classroom placements. Some examples of common placement types in Hawai‘i include: (a) preschool, (b) inclusion and co-teaching, (c) resource or pull-out, and (d) fully self-contained (FSC) or community-based instruction (CBI).

Below, the SPEDucators share their own experiences within their different placement types.

Who

are they?

Preschool (FSC)

  • 0:00 — SPEDucator Introductions
  • 3:45 — Most Memorable Moments
  • 7:41 — Types of Students Serviced
  • 9:25 — Daily Schedules “Typical Day”
  • 11:10 — Vocational or Non-Academic Skills Taught
  • 12:43 — Classroom Environment
  • 15:10 — How Preschool is Different from Elementary
  • 19:29 — Academic Skills Taught
  • 22:34 — What is the most challenging aspect?
  • 27:55 — Tips for a Brand New Preschool Teacher
  • 31:35 — How do you support parents?

Inclusion & Co-Teaching

  • 0:00 — SPEDucator Introductions
  • 7:05 — Most Memorable Moments
  • 16:36 — Types of Students Serviced
  • 21:58 — Daily Schedules “Typical Day”
  • 26:18 — Vocational or Non-Academic Skills Taught
  • 30:40 — Classroom Environment
  • 32:10 — How Do You Balance Workload with General Education Teachers?
  • 37:30 — Interviewing Tips for Incoming New Teachers

Resource & Pull-Out

  • 0:00 — SPEDucator Introductions
  • 3:31 — Most Memorable Moments
  • 9:26 — Types of Students Serviced
  • 15:39 — Daily Schedules “Typical Day”
  • 22:20 — Vocational or Non-Academic Skills Taught
  • 27:46 — Classroom Environment

FSC & CBI

  • 0:00 — SPEDucator Introductions
  • 2:51 — Most Memorable Moments
  • 6:45 — Types of Students Serviced
  • 12:29 — Daily Schedules “Typical Day”
  • 18:18 — Vocational or Non-Academic Skills Taught
  • 23:25 — Classroom Environment