4 Special Education Videos for Teachers to Help Students Succeed

With the growing demand for inclusive classrooms, the need for teachers who are prepared to work with special education students alongside nondisabled children has increased substantially.

Whether the child has a physical, cognitive or biochemical disability, teachers of students who require special education must address lingering questions. Two of the most important are:

  • Is the special needs student receiving the proper care and consideration he or she deserves?
  • Do teachers understand the student’s disability, and are they qualified to teach special education?

To help answer these questions, we selected four video presentations that show what it’s like to teach special needs students. The videos range from passionate special education teachers sharing their experiences on camera, to a hands-on demonstration of assistive technologies that enhance early childhood learning.

These aren’t your average videos. The production quality is superb, and we highlight just some of the many reasons we think you’ll enjoy them as much as we do. So adjust your headphones and get ready to expand your knowledge about special education.

Education case study focuses on special needs

A day in the life of a Special Education teacher” offers an unvarnished look at the ups and downs of teaching special education students. Part of a School Community Based (SCB) project, this real-world video grabs your interest from the opening segment.

The 10-minute video centers on Emily Luedtke, a teacher at James Huber Blake High School in Montgomery County, Maryland. According to her school leader, Luedtke was thrust into her role as a special education teacher — and she excelled from the get-go.

The entire four-star production provides smooth video transitions, from interviews with Luedtke and the school’s head of special education, to touching footage of special needs students and their teachers in action. Educators discuss everything from time-management techniques and classroom procedures to knowing where to draw the line with students who sometimes push behavioral boundaries.

Presentation gives parents special guidance

Introduction to Special Education” jumps into special education and provides an instant roadmap to the subject. The slide presentation is sponsored by the Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative and state Department of Public Instruction. It offers clear audio through narration and soft music, with informative slides that hold your interest.

The 10-minute presentation begins with definitions of special education and provides simple, supporting on-screen text. Although it’s targeted at parents with special needs students, the presentation is an excellent primer for all teachers.

The narrator walks her audience through the fundamentals of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and requirements for Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). It thoughtfully covers parents’ and students’ rights. Educational leaders and regular classroom instructors will find this an accurate resource for launching inclusive classrooms.

Education pro demos assistive technologies

There’s nothing fancy about “Assistive Technology,” an independent video featuring a pleasant host in a colorful classroom setting. Kathy Weibel’s relaxed manner and calm voice make her a natural on camera, as she offers how-to advice for using assistive technologies to enhance learning.

Even a child’s playful, if somewhat disruptive, voice in the background lends the production an aura of authenticity. Without missing a beat, Weibel presents her assistive tools. These include digital video discs for toddlers, a “text speak” audio board for higher-functioning special needs students, and a “partner four” pad for lower-functioning kids.

She glides through each technology review as thoroughly — and quickly — as a magazine editor showing off the latest gizmo-tech gadgets. For teachers with deaf children or special needs students, this nine-minute video is fun to watch — and delightful to hear.

Special teacher shows how education works

Some people are born to teach. Kathee Bautista, who hosts “Special Education K-2 Teacher,” fits the role of the teacher whom parents with special needs students are grateful to have watching over their children. Although the video is relatively short, it’s a perfect length for today’s mobile media mavens.

Bautista and the producers who created this segment for the GoPublic Project at the Don Benito School, Pasadena Unified School District in California, clearly know their audience. They launch into the video like a mini-documentary, following Bautista from corridor and bus stop to classroom and playground.

Narrated by Bautista, she explains the daily functions, expectations and responsibilities of her job, while periodically addressing students with a smile and words of encouragement. In less than five minutes, the audience receives a quick tutorial in what it’s like to teach special needs students with consistent enthusiasm, a love for learning and a pleasant manner.

From videos to classrooms, great teachers perform

Although it’s probably the most challenging job in schools, special education teaching can attract the best and brightest professionals. Whether it’s an awesome first-year instructor like Luedtke, or a veteran educator like Bautista, great special education teachers make a difference in the lives of students.

As these special education video presentations demonstrate, an excellent teacher can help students learn while preparing them for future careers and real-world experiences.