Remember Jennifer? She wrote for Reality 101 in 2009–10. She's in her second year of teaching kindergartners with various disabilities in Pasadena, Calif. Reality 101 is circling back with her for a Reality Check to get her perspective and sage advice for new teachers.
One of the best things about special education is that when someone asks you to write about things that have changed in your teaching career, you can honestly say things are just as exciting, interesting, new, challenging, and, occasionally, as daunting as ever. While I feel stronger as a professional, that I have a greater sense of “ownership” in my classroom, and am more experienced when making decisions for my students, I am still always learning, always questioning, and always surprised by what each day brings.