IEP For Special Education

IEP For Special Education

As Special Education teachers, we all know how vital an IEP for Special Education is to a student’s education. It is our job to ensure that each student’s IEP is implemented and that they have access to what they need to succeed at school and in...

Special Education Teacher | Making A Difference

Special Education Teacher | Making A Difference

Special Education Teacher. 3 words that are filled with so much but also 3 words that will never really get credit for the hard work that is done on a daily basis, and that’s okay. We don’t become Special Education Teachers for acknowledgment, we...

Fun Games For Kids With Autism

Fun Games For Kids With Autism

Teaching our students functional life skills is one of our most important jobs when it comes to being a Special Education Teacher. One way to do that is to teach skills through playing games. It is a great way to get students to interact with...

Some Special Education Quotes

Some Special Education Quotes

It is an understatement to say that being a Special Education Teacher is a tough job.  Sometimes it takes a daily reminder to remember why we do what we do, here are some Special Education Quotes that have helped remind me on those more difficult...

Special Education Math Curriculum

Special Education Math Curriculum

One of hardest things to do when it comes to instruction in the classroom is finding a curriculum that meets the needs of all our levels of learners. We know that in one classroom we can gave students on 5+ levels of Reading or Math and scattered...

Role Of A Special Education Teacher

Role Of A Special Education Teacher

Special Education Teacher. 3 words that are filled with so much responsibility. A role that is constantly changing and pushing teachers to test the limits; physically, emotionally, and mentally. The role of a Special Education Teacher seems to...

Supplemental Teacher Resources (websites)

Supplemental Teacher Resources (websites)

We are always in need of good websites as teachers, more so as special education teachers. Here are a few that I like. Some of them do require subscription and some are free. If you know of any more please share with us so we can add to the list!...

Vocational Training & Career Preparation Workboxes

Vocational Training & Career Preparation Workboxes

Some of our students are not able to travel to job sites daily to work on certain skills. There are many soft and hard skills they can work on in class while they start and continue through their vocational training. Workboxes are a good way to...

Tips For Writing A General Level Of Performance

Tips For Writing A General Level Of Performance

Keep in mind the purpose of this part of the IEP is to give a full picture of the student. If someone who does not know your student picked up this document, they should be able to get a clear understanding of the student. Information to be...

Community Work Experience Ideas For Your Students

Community Work Experience Ideas For Your Students

Similar to taking our students into the community to learn how to navigate their environment, our students also need to learn how to work in the setting they will be working in. Our students may have difficulty generalizing skills so this is the...

Community Based Instruction Ideas For Your Students

Community Based Instruction Ideas For Your Students

As Special Educators we know how important it is for our students to learn certain skills in the environment they will be making use of them. Expecting our students to generalize certain skills isn’t fair. Here are a few ideas of community sites...

Modified Lesson Plans for Special Education

Modified Lesson Plans for Special Education

As Special Education Teachers (regardless of what grade level or subject we teach), one of the biggest responsibilities we have is modifying lesson plans for Special Education students. It is up to us to be able to have a firm understanding of the...

Special Education Lesson Plan Template

Special Education Lesson Plan Template

Writing lesson plans can be a daunting task. When we go through graduate school, we learn many ways (some of them way too long) to write appropriate lesson plans for all levels of learners. There’s not only one way to write a lesson plan. Here’s a...

IEP Meeting Checklist (Downloadable Checklist)

IEP Meeting Checklist (Downloadable Checklist)

(please keep in mind that certain parts of the IEP differ depending on the state) Writing an IEP can be a daunting task, even for veteran teachers. Here is an  IEP Meeting Checklist and tips to drafting an IEP for your students. The checklist...

10 Data Collection Tips For Special Education

10 Data Collection Tips For Special Education

They teach us about collecting data and documentation in our graduate courses, but they don’t prepare us for how much data we need and what exactly needs to be documented. The answer is, EVERYTHING. In our profession, everything needs to be...

Life Skills Special Education & How It Benefits Our Students

Life Skills Special Education & How It Benefits Our Students

I stood and looked around my classroom at the aftermath around my Life Skills Special Education classroom. There was a handful of my hair on the ground. My hands were full of old and new scratches, fresh from that morning. I touched my stomach,...

Don’t Forget The Importance Of You Time

Don’t Forget The Importance Of You Time

The other day I was asked a question by a new teacher. She was being expected to allow students who were coming back early from another class to sit with her during her planning period. It was something the students had done before she started...

Stress Already? A Little Reminder

Stress Already? A Little Reminder

In an earlier post I wrote about stress and not letting what you can’t control overwhelm you. As a new school year is starting and I am already hearing how completely overwhelmed many of you are, I feel like I need to write this to remind you all...

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