Advice for Future Teachers

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    • 00:01

      BETH UNDERBERGER: So I got into special education.It really started back when I was in about third gradeand I did reverse integration.I went into the classroom of a moderate to severe programand worked with those students.And I remember telling my mom, Mom,that really was a lot of fun.

    • 00:21

      BETH UNDERBERGER [continued]: I want to do that when I get older.Well, when I got older I forgot about itand met my now husband.And at that time, he was like, youneed a job, what would you volunteer to do?And I said, well, I remember likingworking with those special Ed students, studentswith special needs, and I'm kind of curious about it.

    • 00:41

      BETH UNDERBERGER [continued]: And he goes, well, then you should go and pursuethat and see what kind of careers are in that field.So I went into that.I worked with twin autistic boys in the home setting,and then I was a para educator for five years.And I eventually became a special Ed teacher.And I just work with the students.

    • 01:03

      BETH UNDERBERGER [continued]: What you see is what I do, and it's probablyjust because I love working with them.

    • 01:10

      NATHAN DYBUIG: In my experience with special educationand general education, the strategies that they teach youfor special education, they're just good teaching strategies.So they're applicable to general education as well.For instance, visual supports I think

    • 01:30

      NATHAN DYBUIG [continued]: are applicable to both places.Technology is applicable.And I think just having a positive behaviorsystem in place, where you are reinforcingall the positive behaviors.

    • 01:49

      ADAM UNDERBERGER: I spent 10 yearsas a software developer, software developmentmanagement.And wasn't fulfilling.It was kind of the same old task nonstop.My wife has been teaching for eight plus years,and I would go visit her and her students and I just-- you know,the passion that she had for her kids.

    • 02:09

      ADAM UNDERBERGER [continued]: And the kids were just really neat and innocentand fun to be around that I knew I needed to make the changeand do something that made me not only proud, but you know,felt like I was giving back rather than just making money.

    • 02:25

      DENISE PANNELL: If there's an emergency or a behavioror just technology's down, the power's out,have that bag of tricks ready at all timesso everything's smooth-- goes smoothlyand instruction can continue.The other-- another option also is communicationwith parents on a daily basis.

    • 02:47

      DENISE PANNELL [continued]: And with the moderate to severe population,you need to communicate with parents and know that--let them know that you are open to all of their suggestionsand concerns, and develop a good relationship with parents.

Advice for Future Teachers

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Several teachers offer advice for new educators based on their own experience.

Advice for Future Teachers

Several teachers offer advice for new educators based on their own experience.

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