About Space On The Spectrum

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spec·trum/ˈspektrəm/

noun
  1. a band of colors, as seen in a rainbow, produced by separation of the components of light by their different degrees of refraction according to wavelength.
  2. used to classify something, or suggest that it can be classified, in terms of its position on a scale between two extreme or opposite points with infinite variation.

“Space on the Spectrum” is where we share the stories from some of the different points of the special education spectrum.  You’ve got Jessica teaching high school students on the Autism Spectrum as well as students with Multiple Disabilities.  Then there’s Aileen, teaching students with Learning Disabilities, Other Health Impairments, Autism and Emotional Disability at an elementary school that uses the resource room/pull-out model.  Even though they have the same degree and certification, their jobs are so different it’s hard to believe that they are in the same field.  Then again, even with such differences there are some parts that are nearly exactly the same.  That’s special education for you, a spectrum of possibilities, with space for practically everything.

 
Both Jessica and Aileen have high expectations for their students and believe in positively reinforcing behaviors and encouraging student growth.  Both believe that their students really are “out of this world!”

 
Why are they writing this? Obviously it’s because they have all the answers to every possible scenario and are basically just incandescently amazing.  As if.  They wanted a place to share ideas and resources with other like-minded people as well as to get ideas and help from others out there.  They reserve the right to not always have the answer, to change their minds and sometimes not make any sense at all.

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