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Decoding Challenges in Special Education - Classroom Management

Provides teachers and school staff with information, resources and strategies regarding classroom management for students with disabilities. Topics include classroom organization, tips on building positive student/teacher relationships and best practices for handling discipline.

Burnout may be linked to classroom management challenges for special education teachers. This research is based on teacher self-report data.


Special education teachers have a lot on their plates. They are tasked with educating some of the most vulnerable students and often don't receive enough support. This can lead to burnout. It can also be difficult to gauge whether a student's learning has improved, especially without concrete data.

Teachers can find a variety of special education resources online to help them teach their students. They can find standards-aligned lesson plans, classroom management advice and even stress relief workbooks. Many of these tools are created by teachers for teachers, so they are a great source of information and inspiration.

Educators can also use these resources to stay updated on the latest special education laws in their state. Moreover, they can connect with other educators around the country to get valuable insights into the unique needs of their students. This can also help them develop innovative teaching methods to best cater to their needs. In addition, these resources can increase engagement in the classroom by adding interactive elements to lessons.


Special education teachers’ commitment to students comes at a high price to their well-being. They often experience emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and a reduction in their sense of personal accomplishment. Recognizing these signs of burnout and taking proactive steps to prevent it can help special education teachers maintain their energy for student success.

One such strategy involves working as a team with other school staff to create a consistent, positive environment and set of expectations for all students. When all members of the academic team collaborate on research and implement effective strategies to reduce frustration and encourage collaboration, everyone benefits.

Garwood also emphasizes the importance of teacher support systems. This includes relationships with paraprofessionals, teaching colleagues and administrators. A team of experts can also support educators by providing professional development in classroom management. When this training is delivered in a ubiquitous manner, it helps reduce burnout.

Societal Attitudes

Despite the fact that most teachers believe in the benefits of inclusive education, they have a negative perception of students with special educational needs. This is mainly due to their perception that these students would have behavioural problems which may affect the rest of the students in class. They also feel that they lack the right training to teach these students.

However, there are some studies that show that highlighting the support that teachers receive significantly improves their attitudes and perception of students with special educational needs. This support can be emotional, informational or instrumental and can come from different sources.

Nevertheless, there is still a need for more research regarding teacher attitudes towards students with disabilities. There is little literature on the influence of classroom level variables such as the level of morality and type of class on these attitudes. This is a vital field to explore in order to move toward inclusive education.

Inclusion Obstacles

One of the biggest obstacles to inclusion is resistance by school leaders who don’t understand or believe in it. It’s hard to change policies when the people making them are not interested in or knowledgeable about disability rights.

Teachers themselves also can be a barrier to inclusion. They may be under-trained or unwilling to work with students with different abilities, especially if they feel overwhelmed by large workloads. Or, they may resent having to provide accommodations that vary from lesson plan to lesson plan.

One way to overcome this obstacle is for special education educators to get better training in inclusion before they begin teaching. Many special education credentialing programs now include instruction on inclusive pedagogy and how to teach students with varying abilities. Additionally, teachers can host inclusion observation nights where parents can come and watch them teach their students with disabilities in their classrooms. This helps dispel myths about inclusive education and can inspire parents to support their children’s inclusion.