So You Want to Be a Special Education Teacher

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As a teacher, Jim Yerman has "lived with autism" for over thirty years. In many ways, his students have become part of his family. And, as with a family, he has learned to laugh and find humor in the absurdity of everyday situations, for they certainly exist! This book chronicles some of those situations. Most of them are humorous, some are sad, and a few are downright surreal. But they are all real, refreshing, and honest experiences about autism. Each student, each story has important lessons infused. Ride through Jim's teaching history from Ohio to Florida, from working in an integrated university school, into a center for only special-needs students and back to a regular middle and high school. You're in for a wild ride!

Helpful chapters include:

  • So You Want to be a Special Education Teacher?
  • Be Prepared for Surprises!
  • Dealing with Situations Head-on
  • Thank God for Do-overs
  • Seeing the World through Rose-colored Glasses
  • Labels, Labels, Labels
  • Aggression—No Easy Answers
  • Traditions 
  • You Never Know Until You Try
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885477743
  • Publisher: Future Horizons, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 197
  • Sales rank: 944,631
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Yerman was born on the last day of 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio. After attending Muskingum College and Kent State University, he began teaching students with autism in 1974 and he hasn’t stopped yet. Jim lives with his wife Deborah in Dunedin, Florida. They have three children: Bryan, Alison and Ryan, and two grandchildren, Damien and Taylor. Life continues to be a wild ride and Jim hopes it will never change.

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Table of Contents


Chapter One: So You Want to be a Special Education Teacher?

Chapter Two: Ready or Not, Here We Come!

Chapter Three: Forget What You Learned in College

Chapter Four: Be Prepared for Surprises!

Chapter Five: We’re All Doing the Best We Can

Chapter Six: Dealing with Situations Head-on

Chapter Seven: Don’t Jump to Conclusions

Chapter Eight: The Thief, A Little Night Music & Fluffy

Chapter Nine: Sometimes You Just Get Lucky

Chapter Ten: Hello & Goodbye

Chapter Eleven: Thank God for Do-overs

Chapter Twelve: Seeing the World through Rose-colored Glasses

Chapter Thirteen: Labels, Labels, Labels

Chapter Fourteen: Aggression—No Easy Answers

Chapter Fifteen: The Key that Unlocks the Door

Chapter Sixteen: Traditions

Chapter Seventeen: There are NO Guarantees

Chapter Eighteen: You Never Know Until You Try

Chapter Nineteen: The Chance to Belong

Chapter Twenty: Watch Out for Bumps

Chapter Twenty-One: The View from Here is Wonderful

Chapter Twenty-Two: Lank You, Tharue

Chapter Twenty-Three: Letting Go

Chapter Twenty-Four: So You Want to be a Teacher?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Highly recommend, was just great.

    Gave me an insight into something I knew nothing about. I laughed & cried about the stories finished and sent it on to friends for them to read.

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