My first year teaching I took my students on a field trip to the zoo. We spent weeks preparing for the trip. Each student picked an animal and researched that animal within their limitations. We also watched videos from our local zoo and completed several social stories on going on field trips, and visiting the zoo. We took our trip and made it about 3/4ths of our time there, when in the ... Read More about Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear, & Sadness: How to Teach Self-Regulation
As special education teachers we live and breathe IEP’s. What areas of need does Johnny have? How can we help bridge that gap? What skills would be most beneficial for him to learn? Then we collect our data, Every. Single. Day. In the spirit of Christmas and IEP’s I thought I would mix the two and have a little fun with it! I present to you- Every Special Ed Teacher’s IEP goals for ... Read More about Christmas IEP’s for SPED Teachers?!
I got a chance to go to OCALICON this past week. If you don’t know what OCALICON is, well, let me fill you in. OCALI is the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence, and each year for the past 10 years they have held a conference. The conference is three days long and filled with amazing leaders in autism, behavior management, and all sorts of special education best practices and more! If ... Read More about Executive Functioning: What IS It, and How to Improve it!
Life skills are a crucial part in many of our students days. We must balance academics with them though, even though we all sometimes wish, life skills could be a bigger part of our students' days. So how can we combine life skills and academics?! Well, I've got a few ideas for you below! 1. Grocery ads. Yes. These are free my wonderful sped friends! I use real grocery ads and ... Read More about Community Resources for the Sped Classroom
If you've read my blog before, you know I'm all about working smarter, not harder. That's why I've stream lined the process I use in organizing and planning for IEP's. I'd like to think at this point I'm a pro at IEP's. I've written countless and in the past 2 years have sat through more than 150 IEP's each year! Yes. You read that right. That is 300 in the last two years, if you have ... Read More about Organizing for IEP’s at the Beginning of the Year