I enjoy teaching Sp ed. I really do, but does anyone else ever feel that when you are a Sp ed teacher other teachers and administrators sometimes treat you like a babysitter? In my building I am the only self-contained teacher and since I teach all different grade levels I don't have a team of teachers I really work with. A lot of times (like report cards for instance) I am told to just make it up on my own. I don't have anyone else to ask if I am doing something right or wrong. Our building is starting PLC's, but since I don't have a prep time or a specific grade level I am not part of one. I have to constantly fight to get my boys to be invited on field trips with their grade level peers since no one wants us to tag along on their trips and if we took our own it would be expensive as there are only 9 kids. I have to ask for things several times before I get them. I still have not gotten all of my Benchmark scores from last quarter and even though I know my kids did not pass and are not expected to, I would still like the data to see if there was any improvement. Finally, they just hired two tutors (and are hiring a third) to help the gen ed kids on state testing, but there is no money to hire another TA for me or at least get a 1 on 1 for a particular student. It's frustrating and I feel sometimes like my classroom is the island of misfit children. Any time a student gets to be too difficult they are thrown into my room. Does anyone else feel that way? Any suggestions?