You Might Be a Special Ed Teacher if...

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

I hope you've had a great start to your year. It's been quite the start for me, so I thought I would post this light and somewhat funny post for you all. So I bring you....

You might be a Special Ed Teacher if...

1. You hear “Student A needs his AT when he goes to OT. Make sure to review his ETR and IEP and follow it to the letter because IDEA says that he needs to be in his LRE.” and you understand that!

2. You never thought you’d say “No, it is NOT okay to lick your friend!” Or “Do NOT eat the fuzzies off of the gym mat!”

3. You have tried to take data on your own friends, kids, spouse, you name it, you’ve tried to take data on it. 

4. You’ve ever hidden Velcro in a "safe place" (aka your desk drawer, under the false bottom, so no one can find it…ever.)

5. You’ve tried to analyze the function of your family’s bad behavior.

6. You’ve spent a considerable amount of time trying to figure out how to use positive reinforcement to get your family to complete their household chores.

7. You can complete paperwork with your eyes closed, hands behind your back, while standing on one foot.

8. You differentiate in your sleep.

9. You’re kind of like a superhero. You can write IEP’s, deal with parents, collaborate with general education teachers, relate accommodations to specials teacher, communicate regularly with related services, and tailor lessons to individual students in a single day!

10. Your bladder is bigger than most. You’re a busy person. Going to the bathroom takes some time and some days you just don’t have time for that.

11. Your heart is bigger than most also. You love your students and are excited to watch them grow, learn, and make progress. Sometimes the progress is as little as being able to say hi to a friend at recess, other times it’s as huge as helping your 3rd grader finally read!
So what makes you a Special Education Teacher?

Leave a comment below! I'd love to hear from you. 


  1. You know you're a special ed teacher when you take your favorite sweater out of the dryer and it has PECS stuck to it.

    1. When you clean your pockets out and find PECS pictures!

  2. Exactly!! You know your a special ed teacher when you refuse to throw out your kids old toys and puzzles (or just junk from your junk drawer) because you KNOW you can make a task box out of that!

  3. You know you're a special ed teacher when you can change a diaper on a wiggling kid in less than a minute while keeping his/her hands out of the toilet water and keep him/her from unrolling all the toilet paper.


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