I have been subbing for a few weeks now, the other day I got the opportunity to sub as a special education teacher at the elementary. I have been wanting to sub special education for a while, I was diagnosed with dyslexia in 1988. Coming from a special needs background I immediately reconized what these kids were going through. As I was going through the lessons plans, watching these kids struggling to read, pay attention, and remeber verbal instructions, I felt like I was teaching myself; these kids were a reflection of how I was like sixteen years ago. The kids I had appeared only to have mild learning disabilites. As they were struggling with their reading I gave them pointers and told the kids what I would do to improve my reading. Since I have been teaching myself how to read better my whole life, I felt I had knack for teaching them to read better. One kid constantly would start reading the first few words from one sentence and then jump to the next sentence, skipping word. I told him "you know what? I use to have the same exact problem and this is how I corrected it." I then taught him to use his finger as a guide when he read and I noticed an improvement in his reading. All the kids I noticed learned words by sight rather than sounding out the words. Whenever the kids had trouble with words I would sound the word out for them. I knew them too well though. I could tell they were learning the words by remebering how they sound and not by sounding them out. Regretably, this is how I still read today. It is not that I don't know phonics, or how to sound out words, I just get disoriented and nervous whenever I come across a word I don't know and never can sound the word out. After four years of college my vocabulary is extensive, only once every few weeks I will stumble across a word I don't know. I still am unsure if teaching would be the right fit. I graduated with a degree in Computer Science and on the side I was taking classes toward a MBA. I enjoy programming and mathmatics, but I enjoy teaching even more. Teaching seems like a much more rewarding career. I am tempted to get my certificate as a math teacher for two reasons: I already had to take several calculus classes for my degree, and math teachers also are in high demand. Deep down inside my soul, I feel the need to teach special education. If I could get a certificate in both areas that would be even better, but that would take a lot of time.