My best advice for First Year Resource Teachers

My Best Advice for First Year Resource Teachers

Hey sweet first year resource teachers! First off, congratulations! You landed that first job. Whether it is a contract or a long term sub position, it is a big deal! Way to go!    You have been dreaming of this day for a while. Maybe you did internships in high

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How to make teaching decoding fun and easy with bingo

Teaching decoding can be a challenging task, especially when working with young learners with reading disabilities. However, incorporating fun and interactive activities into your teaching can make the process both enjoyable and effective. One way you can do this is bingo.    Yes, you heard it right! Bingo can be

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special education organization tips for end of year

Special Education Organization Tips for End of Year

Ready for some special education organization tips?   Do you ever get the Sunday scaries? You know, that horrible feeling that you need to cut your weekend short because you don’t have lesson plans ready, behavior charts need to be printed, and you have no idea what progress monitoring needs

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iep goal tracking

IEP Goal Tracking Made Easy: Tips and Tools for Success

IEP goal tracking can be such a headache! In college, maybe you learned how to set measurable IEP goals, but did you learn how to create effective systems for iep goal progress monitoring? Well, I didn’t learn that in college.    Having great systems for IEP goal progress monitoring is

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7 Unique Paraprofessional Appreciation Gift Ideas They’ll Love

It’s time to think about paraprofessional appreciation gift ideas! I am sure every special education teacher can agree that paraprofessionals are absolutely life savers. I have found that there is no way to sustainably run a special education classroom without those amazing support staff.   Paraprofessionals support students’ academic, social,

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examples of lesson plans in special education

Creating Special Education Lesson Plans: 5 Simple Examples

Are you looking for examples of lesson plans in special education? Creating lesson plans for special education students doesn’t have to be a daunting task. From visual aids and hands-on activities, to cooperative learning and problem-solving exercises, there are many ways to engage learners in unique lesson plans specifically tailored

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data sheets for iep goals

A step-by-step guide to developing data sheets for IEP goals

Creating data sheets for IEP goals can be a challenging task, but it is essential for tracking your student’s progress and ensuring they are meeting their academic and behavioral goals. This guide will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to create effective data sheets that will help you measure

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Unique student teacher gift idea for the end of the year

Do you remember your student teaching experience? If you were lucky, you had a few field experiences before your last semester. I’m sure we all remember that mix of nervousness and excitement on the first day when we walked into the classroom we would be teaching for the next few

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5 Keys to Writing Effective IEP Goals for Behavior

Creating effective IEP goals for behavior can be challenging. To ensure that your IEP is effective, you will need to include goals that are measurable, achievable, based on sound evidence and data-driven, and tailored to the needs of the individual student. Our five strategies will help you develop attainable IEP

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Top 5 Tools for Progress Monitoring

Tools for progress monitoring are a necessary component of any special education classroom. Every special ed teacher knows how critical it is to have systems for progress monitoring. Imagine trying to bake a cake for your sweet Nana’s birthday. The only problem is that you have no recipe. That’s okay,

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How to use fun Winter Spiral Review Math

Are your students struggling in math? Do you need to spice up your math block? In my cotaught 2nd grade class, we need to be super intentional to teach prerequisite skills and also maximize our time. We need to get the most out of our spiral review math routines. Today,

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What Gift do Teachers Really Want?

What do teachers really want for this holiday season? If you are searching for the best teacher gift ever, it can be hard to know where to start! Our teachers work so hard to support our children’s needs every single day. While gifts are not expected, they are definitely appreciated. 

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How to Use IEP Goal Tracking Sheet to Save Time

Are you reading to get started with an innovative IEP goal tracking sheet? Let me guess, you are exhausted from lesson planning, faculty meetings, team planning meetings, professional development, IEP meetings, department meetings, MDE meetings, parent conferences, legal training, extra curricular activities and supervision meetings. Plus, you just got a

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Why you need to Start using Fun Math Review Games

Do you want to know why I use math review games in my classroom? Imagine it’s the beginning of the school year and you are staring at a list of 25 names with letters indicating B for Beyond level, O for On level, and A for approaching level. That’s all

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special education lesson planning

Lesson Planning for Special Education Students

Did you ever have an assignment in college where you had to write a detailed lesson plan? Let’s be honest, I am sure you had this assignment in almost every single one of your education classes. I’ll bet each lesson plan was anywhere from two to five pages with detailed

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progress monitoring in special education

How to Organize Progress Monitoring in Special Education

Are you wondering how to stay organized as a special education teacher? Progress monitoring in special education can seem super overwhelming at first. There is so much to do and so many documents to keep in order. Finding a system to organize your progress monitoring for IEP goals is essential

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What is Progress Monitoring in Special Education?

What is progress monitoring in special education? Why is it important? Why are special education teachers always complaining about paperwork and data sheets? Let me just start off by saying that I am not exactly the running type. It is not that I can’t run, it’s just that if I

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How to Make a Memorable End of Year Craft for 2nd Grade

Are you struggling to find end of the year craft ideas for 2nd grade? After giving literally one million assessments that all need to be given one-on-one and are all coincidentally due in the same week, is it any wonder that we teachers are completely exhausted? Oh wait, I forgot

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What are Closed Syllables

Did you know there are 6 different syllable types? Before I started teaching learning support, I had NO IDEA about teaching students to read through syllable types. The English language is so complicated with so many rules and rule-breakers. If you have ever wondered what are closed syllables, let’s break

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Guide to Digital IEP Goal Progress Monitoring Graphs

In special education, paperwork and progress monitoring data collection can be a nightmare. There is so much to balance, especially with large caseloads. Organization is key! A few years into being a learning support teacher, we needed to start graphing our data digitally. Voila! These graphs were created! Here is

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Hi, I'm Rachel!

I am a second grade learning support teacher, adjunct professor and momma to two little girls! I help teachers like you get organized and create systems to save time.

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