Planning for Block Scheduling

Planning for Block Scheduling

When you first start teaching in a school that does block scheduling, 90 minutes seems like an awful lot of time to fill with instruction. It’s necessary to have some type of system and routines set in place to make planning easier. This allows you...

Summer Planning for Sped Teachers

Summer Planning for Sped Teachers

We all know summer time is supposed to be our time to RELAX and not worry about school… but as a teacher, we are ALWAYS thinking about school and our students! Summer is a great time to plan at our own leisurely pace and develop ideas of how we...

Math IEP Goals For Special Education

Math IEP Goals For Special Education

Drafting IEP goals can be difficult, so here are a few math IEP goals (across various ability levels) to get you started. Please adapt and modify to meet the specific needs of your students. Keep in mind a goal should be a skill you believe is...

English/Reading IEP Goals For Special Education

English/Reading IEP Goals For Special Education

Drafting goals for any subject area can be difficult, especially if you are unsure where to start. Here are a few sample English/Reading IEP goals (across various ability levels) to get you started. Please adapt and modify to meet the specific...

What Is A Self-Contained Classroom?

What Is A Self-Contained Classroom?

Let’s first start off by defining what full inclusion means. Full inclusion means that a student will be placed in a classroom with typical peers (25-30 students) for the entirety of the school day. A self-contained classroom is pretty much the...

Choice Boards

Choice Boards

Choice boards have become pretty popular during the pandemic due to virtual schooling/instruction and teachers finding new, creative ways to encourage learning, but they’ve been around for a while! Choice boards are graphic organizers made up of...

Teaching Special Education

Teaching Special Education

Teaching special education is a very difficult and rewarding job. It’s a job that requires time, dedication, and a love and understanding for students that goes beyond the surface. Teaching special education, being a special education teacher,  is...

IEP Planning

IEP Planning

Writing an IEP takes a lot of time because you want to make sure a student’s IEP accurately reflects their education plan and that everything they need is outlined clearly. In order to write an IEP effectively, it’s a good idea to follow an IEP...

Sensory Activities For Kids With Autism

Sensory Activities For Kids With Autism

Sensory Activities for Kids with Autism           Teachers and parents are ALWAYS looking for more activities to do with our kiddos who have Autism. Sensory activities are activities that engage one or more of the senses. Sensory learning/play...

Funding for Your Special Ed Classroom

Funding for Your Special Ed Classroom

Low on funding? It’s no secret that teachers spend much of their own money on classroom needs, even just the necessities! What about for lesson enrichment, hands on experiences, & other opportunities? We do what we have to in order to provide...

Activities for Kids with Autism

Activities for Kids with Autism

Here are some ideas for activities for kids with Autism to use in the classroom, at home, and across multiple other settings. It’s a great idea to incorporate hands on activities for kids with Autism while teaching social, life, and academic...

Tips For Parent Communication

Tips For Parent Communication

Be proactive about fostering a positive relationship Case management letter- Prior to school starting (or ASAP if you haven’t already), send parents a case management letter that outlines that you will be doing as case manager for their child. This...

Lesson Plans For Special Education

Lesson Plans For Special Education

Why does it seem like when we are looking for lesson plans for special education, there is a whole lot of reinventing the wheel going on? That’s because THERE IS. As Special Educators, we are constantly looking for lessons that we can...

15 Virtual Learning Reward Ideas

15 Virtual Learning Reward Ideas

One of the biggest challenges of virtual/distance learning is keeping students engaged and focused throughout the entirety of a class period.  There are so many distractions and reasons why it’s hard for our kiddos to pay attention. I know normally...

Virtual Learning for Special Education

Virtual Learning for Special Education

The uproar about providing Special Education Services is REAL. Every school district is handling how education will be implemented differently. When it comes to students with significant disabilities (or any special ed student), it almost seems...

ASD Teacher: Guide For Success

ASD Teacher: Guide For Success

Autism Spectrum Disorder. It’s 3 words that most people don’t truly understand. Unless you have a direct relationship with someone who has Autism, it’s hard to really comprehend what it is and how to best work with individuals who have Autism....

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...

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