Top 5 Tools for Progress Monitoring

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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, you are a trained baker. […]

My Surprising Story as a Learning Support Teacher

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I used to regularly cry at work as a learning support teacher. I never cried in front of my students, and I think I only cried in front of my administration one time. But sadly, crying at work was a regular thing.    Now let me just say that I am definitely a crier. Hallmark […]

How to use fun Winter Spiral Review Math

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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, I am sharing my secret […]

How to Simplify Progress Monitoring for Decoding IEP Goal

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Do you have a student with a decoding IEP goal and no idea what to do? Girl, I have been there.  I don’t think I ever heard of decoding before I became a teacher. Obviously, I learned how to do it but I definitely didn’t know what it was. I know that I learned about […]

What Gift do Teachers Really Want?

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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.  So what is a good […]

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 new student who needs their […]

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 you have. You have no […]

Lesson Planning for Special Education Students

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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 activating strategies and formative assessment […]

Techniques for Classroom Management for Resource Room Teachers

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I don’t do clip charts. It’s shocking I know. I have worked with so many teachers who swear by their clip charts for classroom behavior management. If it works great in your classroom, that is awesome. You go girl!   However, I see some major problems in clip charts in special education classrooms. Let’s be […]

5 Tips for Setting Up Your Classroom as a Resource Room Teacher

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Confession time – I barely have a classroom library as a resource room teacher. Okay, give me a second here to explain. It is not that I think reading isn’t important. Obviously, giving students access to a variety of books is a very big deal in an elementary school. Let me tell you why my […]