I love repurposing things. I've used crystal light containers for sorting. Paint sticks for movable schedules. You name it I try to repurpose it or figure out a way to use it in the classroom. Although I've never repurposed dressers or chairs.... because that would require WAY more handiness than I am capable of! BUT in the Sped classroom, I'm a repurposing fool! I've compiled a ... Read More about Simple and Easy Sped Hacks for Back to School!
In special education we differentiate in our sleep, right? Wrong. As a special education administrator, I’ve noticed some of my teachers who are self-contained in a special education resource room fall into a bad habit. They think they are using differentiation purely because they asked a student after the fact a question with two choices or they read something aloud. It really depends on what ... Read More about Planning for MORE Purposeful Differentiation in Special Education
Hey ALL! Happy (hopefully) summer break to you! Since I’m in administration, I’m working all summer, so I am jealous of all of your who are lounging around by a pool! Any who, I wanted to talk to you guys about Post-Secondary Transition. More specifically a Program that I was able to help start in my county this past year. If you haven’t heard of Project Search yet, I BEG of you! STOP! ... Read More about Post Secondary Transition through Project Search
Do you have students that struggle with completing their work? Do you have students who struggle with asking for help on tasks? Do you have students who struggle with playing with other students? Self-monitoring is the best tool I have found that helps improve students behavior while also help keeping students accountable for their own behavior. Self monitoring is good to work on academics, ... Read More about Tips for an Effective Self Monitoring Plan
Have you ever tried to complete a new skill but struggled immensely? I have, and I absolutely hated the experience of not being able to do something that I wanted to learn to do. I’ve felt this way a few times throughout my life, but no more so than in my 9th grade home economics class. Our teacher was giving us a lesson on how to sew. We practiced a few things, then we were supposed to ... Read More about Using Praise to Increase Positive Behavior