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Teacher Interview with Kei Lucas

What does it take to be a good Special Education teacher?

Certainly the sense of humor. I think the other thing is that you have a pretty clear idea of what you do in the classroom and how that impacts everyone. So an example of that might be, when I am working with brand new teachers, I hear myself saying over and over and over to people, special ed, regular ed., whatever, “Say what you mean and mean what you say.” Unless you have a real clear idea of what you mean by something, nobody else is going to get it. You are going to be banging your head on that wall and saying, “but it’s not happening, but it’s not happening.” So we need to change what we do, and I think that’s probably one of the hardest things to internalize for all of us, as teachers, as parents, as whoever we are, spouses, whatever. Until we change what we do, nothing out here changes.

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