Whether you’re heading back to brick-and-mortar in-person teaching or you’re teaching virtually this back to school season, you will need to gather your students’ important contact and student identity information from parents and guardians. For in-person teaching, these Student Information Cards are an absolute life saver for me. I keep them on a ring in… Continue reading Back to School: How to Gather Important Student Information
We’ve been talking about genres for ages — okay, for three months, but who’s counting? Wait…me. I’m counting. — so it’s time for my students to begin identifying the genre of their independent reading books using these simple bookmarks! I plan on using them to track their 40 book requirement. I’ve tried everything else I… Continue reading Genre Bookmarks
Students with reading disabilities tend to not read as much as their typically developing peers. That means that they don’t get exposed to the mentor texts that could potentially help them become better writers. This is one reason why I believe that even intermediate students should have opportunities to experience read-alouds. The benefit of… Continue reading The Writing Process in the LS Classroom – Part 2 of 5: Frameworks
“Back to School” may bring joy to countless teachers, but many kids groan at this time of year. Back to school for children with special needs means the end of long days of free choice activities, and the beginning of long days of struggling and stress, as well as long nights of frustrating homework. … Continue reading Back to School Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs
I am happy to share this post from my first Guest Blogger Tasha, author of her blog A Tender Teacher for Special Needs, about the importance of consistency in the classroom! She has some great tips! Check out her Facebook page, too, where she regularly posts her “Special Tidbits.” I’ve been in school for… Continue reading Guest Blogger! The Importance of Consistency in the Classroom
It’s Back to School time! Woo-hoo! I’m itching to get back into my classroom, and I know many teachers are already working hard with their students. Since the back-to-school routine has been swirling around in my brain lately, I thought it would be timely to post a few tips for special education teachers, to get… Continue reading Sunday Inspirations: Back to School Tips for Special Education Teachers
Question: What is better than attending a day-long in-service focused on the benefits of Pinterest for teachers? Answer: PRESENTING a day-long in-service focused on the benefits of Pinterest for teachers! That is precisely what I had a chance to do at my school the other day. It was such a wonderful opportunity to share the… Continue reading Happy Tuesday: Pinterest for Educators!
Have you ever needed to schedule a meeting with a parent? How about two parents living separately? And have you had to include other people involved in the student’s progress as well, such as another teacher, an administrator, or the guidance counselor? Maybe even a specialist or two? If you’re a special ed teacher, you… Continue reading Sunday Inspirations: Ever Try Scheduling a Parent Meeting?
In scheduling my share of IEP meetings over the years, I have had to connect with parents. Although I highly prefer email as a way of communicating with parents (special ed is all about documentation, after all), sometimes that’s just not possible if families don’t have Internet access at home. So an old-fashioned phone call… Continue reading Happy Tuesday: Calling All Parents
I recently read that a common mistake that business people make is to read their emails first thing in the morning. The article suggested that you read them right before lunch after you’ve had a chance to be “productive,” and are motivated to tackle them so you can move on to lunch. I like… Continue reading Sunday Inspirations: “Three Ds”