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6 Common Myths About Special Education Teachers, Debunked!

There are many common myths about special education teachers. They are not just glorified babysitters, they have a true passion for teaching and working with children whose disabilities require specialized attention. This is why they have the patience to nurture each child's individual needs in a way that can't be replicated in a traditional classroom setting. In this article, we'll explore some of the more common myths about these inspiring educators and what some of the misconceptions might be.



What are common myths about Special Education Teachers?


Myth #1: Special education teachers are glorified babysitters.


Not only do special education teachers need to be proficient at teaching all subject areas but also all grade levels as well. Special education teachers teach and differentiate all subject areas, including academic areas for students with learning disabilities, social skills, problem-solving skills, and how to independently navigate the world.


Myth #2: Special education teachers work with only children with obvious disabilities.


A special education teacher's caseload typically includes children who fall under many categories of disability; including but not limited to children with physical disabilities, emotional disturbances, autism spectrum disorders, and specific learning disabilities. Special education teachers must be knowledgeable in all areas of instruction in order to provide specialized support to their students. They work with the child, parents, and other professionals to create an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that meets the needs of the student.


Myth #3: They don't care if their students learn anything or not because they're just there to babysit the kids and bring in a paycheck.


Not only do special education teachers care but they have to chart daily, weekly and monthly progress toward all IEP goals. IEP progress monitoring is an important part of the special education process.


IEP progress monitoring involves reviewing a student's IEP goals on a regular basis and checking to see if they are making progress towards meeting them. If they are not, adjustments can be made to help them get back on track. This process helps ensure that students are making progress and that their goals are still appropriate for them. It also allows teachers and therapists to track how well various interventions are working.


The importance of IEP progress monitoring cannot be overemphasized


Myth #4: They work with those students who have severe disabilities and no potential.


Every student has the potential to learn and be successful. It just might take a little more effort on the part of the teacher to find what works best for that particular student. Special education teachers are experts at finding different ways to help students learn and achieve their goals. They have the patience and passion to work with each child, no matter what their disability might be.