Organization Tips for IEP Meetings

It is back to school season again!  Special education teachers around the country will have a stack of IEPs in front of them with various dates and loads of information to process and remember.  

Don't get overwhelmed.  Get organized!

A General Education Teacher's Guide to a Special Education Meeting

For a general education teacher that has never attended a formal special education meeting, it can be very intimidating.  Here are a few things you can do to make sure you are prepared before you attend.  

Surviving That Difficult (parent, administration, IEP) Meeting

We have all had those meetings that we dread.  The ones that keep us up a night for days leading up to it.  The ones that make your stomach hurt and your head ache.  Whether it is a meeting with a parent, an administrator, or an IEP team, you can survive and here is how.  


Christmas in the Classroom & FREEBIE Gift Tag

December is one of my favorite months because there is something electric in the air.  Kids are excited for the upcoming holidays.  And, there are cookies.  So many cookies!

Here are a couple of ways that I add Christmas to my classroom.  Stick around to the end because I have a FREEBIE gift tag to go along with an inexpensive and easy gift idea for your students, friends, and neighbors.

Christmas Math

You can find a bunch of Christmas-themed math resources in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  The resource below is a fun division review and coloring activity.  You can also find some partner activities and math scoot fun to add a little Christmas cheer to your lessons!  

End of Year Gift for Teachers (Freebie Gift Tag)

My daughter's last day of school is next week and I wanted to throw together a little something for her two teachers.  This time of year is super busy for everybody so I wanted to make it as simple as possible!

5 Tips for Co-Teaching Success

Co-Teaching can be one of the most rewarding, yet challenging experiences.  The co-teaching partnership is kind of like a marriage and usually it's an arranged one!  Often, two teachers are partnered up without knowing much about each other.  Administrators dealing with staffing issues may not be able to look at teaching styles and personalities before pairing teachers up.

Here are some tips on how to make your co-teaching relationship a successful one!

1.  Get to know your co-teaching partner.

It takes time to develop a rapport. Get to know your partner over the summer, if possible. Attend trainings together. Go out for lunch and chat about your family, interests, likes, and dislikes. The trust built over the summer will make the entire year run more smoothly.

Paraprofessionals In The Classroom - Working Together In Harmony

As a special education teacher, I have to collaborate with several adults throughout my day such as related service providers, general education teachers, parents, administration, special area team members, etc.  Through being a self-contained teacher, a push-in provider, and a co-teacher, collaborating with other adults is one thing that does not change.  With each new position, I have had the privilege of working with great teams of paraprofessionals.

Working with paraprofessionals in your classroom can be challenging but when done correctly, everybody benefits - especially your students.  It takes a lot of effort to make your classroom team work together collaboratively.  Here are some important things to remember that I have learned along the way: