Intervention teachers

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  1. teacherguy111

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    Hello,
    I am heavily thinking about adding an intervention specialist endorsement (this is what we call special education in Ohio) and possibly a masters degree to my current teaching license. I wanted to hear from current intervention specialists to hear what your day is like? What are some of the good parts? What are some of the challenges? I know that intervention specialists are in high need but they also have a very high (even higher than teachers) burn out rate. Why is this?

    Thanks for any info you might have. At the very least I think this will help me with my regular classroom. My personality fits better with small groups. I know that some schools have their intervention specialists in the classroom full time and some have them pulled out for small groups. I feel that my introverted personality fits well with not being up in front of so many kids every day. I am by no means shy but I am very worn out because of my personality type. I enjoy personal interaction and more intimate conversations vs large group.

    Sorry for a longer post. Just wanted to hear what it would be like and also give some of my thoughts.
    Thanks.
     
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  3. cupcakequeen

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    Just to confirm, since you say you call special education intervention specialists, is that like my position, which we call a resource teacher and I teach small groups of students (groups that rotate throughout the day) who have IEPs and have some sort of disability?
     
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    Yes, that is the kind of position that I am talking about.
     
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    what grades?
     
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    Why is there a high burnout rate? I'll tell you why...

    - high maintenance parents (and, often, their advocates)
    - clueless, unsupportive admin with unrealistic demands
    - small groups of students with widely varying needs grouped together (or groups that are not really small at all)
    - endless paperwork and legally-mandated data collection
    - not being treated as a "real" teacher
    - supervising paraprofessionals
    - scheduling nightmares
    - meetings, meetings, meetings

    Honestly, as you do, I love teaching small groups of students, even those with special needs. I, too, have an introverted, reserved personality. Special Ed is awful though. In my six years of teaching, I have spent 3.5 of those years as a sped teacher. And, after this year, I'm done. If it was really just a matter of teaching small groups and targeting individual students' needs, it'd be as great or better than a classroom teaching job. But, it's not.
     
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    I agree with the reasons bella mentioned as the main downsides. I will say, though, that I am very lucky to be in a school that is overall a really good place to work as a resource teacher/ interventionist. Most of my groups are pretty reasonable (this year, anyway. Looks like next year might be a whole different kettle of fish) in size and ability groupings.

    While I can understand the "not being treated like a real teacher" issues, as this was a problem at a school I was at part time last year, it's not been an issue at all at this school. I feel included within the grade levels I serve and feel respected by my coworkers. Paperwork is certainly not enjoyable, but I figure it's a trade-off for not having 30 papers for every subject to grade every day.

    The schedules, both school schedule and meeting scheduling, is a pain. No way to spin that positively. Overall, I think my jobs suits my personality pretty well, though. While I have considered trying to make the switch to classroom teacher, I'm pretty content with where I am for right now.
     
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    I don't have a position. I am just thinking about getting the license.
     
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    Hmmm, that does not sound fun. It is interesting hearing it from someone who is actually doing it.
     

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