I have been blessed to become a part of a special education blogging community. I never thought when I started this blog back in 2011 that so many doors would be opened before me. This may come as a surprise to some of you, but I tend to be very shy. I know some of you are reading this and thinking, "Yeah, right!" It's true, but writing this blog has allowed me to open up about a field of education that I feel very strongly about and has given me the courage to my chase dreams for new jobs, presenting professional development and taking on more leadership roles in my own school.
This blog has given me so many amazing opportunities! I have reviewed apps and products, participated in blog hops, consulted with teachers across the country, and become a member of outstanding educational communities such as Learning A-Z and Social Thinking. It has also opened doors of communication and idea sharing with parents and colleagues in my own school district. Even with all of these awesome chances to share my love and expertise in the special education community, nothing compares to the work I do day in and day out with my students. Which is the whole reason I began this blog in the first place. I love sharing what I have learned over the years and pushing myself to become a better special education teacher through the contacts and encouragement I have received from parents, teachers, colleagues, family and friends.
When I began blogging, there were already TONS of teacher blogs, but very few special education teacher blogs. I remember finding my first couple of special ed blogs and being so excited that I would have someone to follow that would be sharing ideas that I could implement in my own resource classroom or share with my co-teachers. I really and truly hope that my blog has inspired some of you. I hope I have shared ideas from my own experiences and classroom that you can adopt and use. I know the special ed bloggers that I follow have done that very thing for me! I have gained friendships with bloggers from across the country that I look up to and respect. It truly is like knowing a celebrity when a blogger that you have followed and sought advice from over the years becomes someone that you can readily call on, talk to (about non-school related things), and calls you by first name! It is silly, yes, but so exciting!!
I would love to grow this special education blogging community even more by featuring a special education blogger each month in my new adventure called Special Education Featured Teacher. I will feature a special education teacher, interventionist, school based therapist, or educational consultant once a month starting in March! This blogger will be able to share a guest post on my blog, be featured throughout the whole month, and we will all get to learn a little more about our favorite special ed. bloggers!
If you would like to become an upcoming Featured Teacher, please click on the page above titled Featured Teachers and show your interest by completing the form.
I cannot wait to help this community grow!! I hope you are inspired as much as I am by the amazing special education bloggers that I promise you will meet throughout the year!