Guide to IEP Checklist (Downloadable Checklist)

Guide to IEP 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 a Guide to IEP 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...

Special Education Lesson Planning Guide

Special Education Lesson Planning Guide

My first years of teaching I spent HOURS AND HOURS looking up lesson plans for teaching functional life skills, making materials, looking for special education lesson plan templates, adapted materials that were age appropriate, & so much more....

Truths About Your First Year Teaching

Truths About Your First Year Teaching

The first year is always the hardest. You’re getting used to new routines, new procedures, how to work with and deal with other adults, and how to be responsible for molding and guiding your students. Here are a few things to keep in mind.  ...

Important Key To A Successful Classroom

Important Key To A Successful Classroom

There are a lot of things that you can attribute to a successful classroom; your instruction, relationship with students, your ability to manage the classroom and difficult behaviors, and so much more. Of all the classrooms I have taught in, one of...

Academics Are Important, But Focus On Life Skills First

Academics Are Important, But Focus On Life Skills First

I know this is probably a controversial statement, but hear me out. Academics are of course important and should always be the driving force behind what we do in the classroom, BUT teaching life skills is what will essentially lead to independence...

A Simple Guide to Parent Communication

A Simple Guide to Parent Communication

As parents, we want to know everything our child has done at school that day. What went well or not so well? Did they have a good day? Did they learn anything? But we rarely ever get that many details, even from our verbal, typically developing...

Keeping Your Sanity Through A Tough School Year

Keeping Your Sanity Through A Tough School Year

The first year of teaching (and every year after, if I’m speaking honestly) will always bring emotional ups and downs as the school year continues. I know, you’re trying your best and going above and beyond to be a great teacher and do right by...

How To Be Proactive And Deal With “Difficult Parents”

How To Be Proactive And Deal With “Difficult Parents”

Are you worried because your coworkers have told you that you have “very difficult parents”? Yes, it’s true. In our profession we will encounter parents who are not so easy to work with. BUT there is also a way you can take action, to prepare...

To First Year Teachers (Brand New or Career Switchers)

To First Year Teachers (Brand New or Career Switchers)

The first year of teaching is almost the most difficult year a teacher will have in their career, but also the most unforgettable. It is so difficult to prepare for all the new experiences you are about to go through: being in front of and teaching...

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