Middle School Special Education Teachers
On the Job
Middle School Special Education Teachers work with middle school students who have a wide range of physical, mental, or emotional disabilities. With students who have mild or moderate disabilities, they make sure that lessons and teaching strategies are modified to meet students' needs. With students who have severe disabilities, they teach the students independent living skills and basic literacy, along with communication and math.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Apply multiple teaching methods.
- Teach life skills.
- Teach others to use technology or equipment.
- Teach vocational courses.
- Tutor students who need extra assistance.
- Develop instructional objectives.
- Develop strategies or programs for students with special needs.
- Establish rules or policies governing student behavior.
- Plan educational activities.
- Plan experiential learning activities.
Typical Working Conditions
- Working with a group or team.
- Frequent contact with others.
- Close physical proximity with other people.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
- Being in situations in which conflicts arise.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
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