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...

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...

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