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Emma Hughes
Mrs. Welch
PRO
7 November 2016
“Becoming a positive and effective special educator: lessons learned from a special
education mentor”
This article talks about how important it is to have a mentor in the special
education field that will have “​competency, willingness to give positive and negative
feedback, honesty, willingness to share knowledge, directly dealing with the mentee,
and a willingness to let the mentee grow” (Williams). Being a teacher, more specifically
a special education teacher, is a highly difficult career where credit is not always given
where credit is due. There are many obstacles that come with the teaching job, as well
as many rewards. Although there are issues within this career, there are also ways to
overcome them and be the best teacher one can be. A special education mentor should
teach their mentee the three lessons to becoming an outstanding teacher- get to know
the family, find the source of a problem, and motivate kids to take ownership.
In my internship I believe that my mentors are the perfect people to help shape
me into an outstanding teacher rather than just an average teacher. I think that they
have done a great job so far of showing me what to do in certain situations and showing
me the differences between just going through the motions in a career or striving to be
the best they can possibly be.

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Works Cited
Williams, Amy R. "Becoming a positive and effective special educator: lessons learned
from a special

education mentor." ​Journal of Thought, Spring-Summer 2016, p. 49+.
Educators Reference Complete,
go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=PROF&sw=w&u=j191901001&v=2.1&id=GALE%7CA4599
85361&it=r&asid=e1ed52d686e57f6ea40b3f2457047e75​. Accessed 7 Nov. 2016.