Friday, May 11, 2018

Are you a general education teacher who has a student with an IEP? Are you a special education teacher that has students who spend part of their day in the general education environment? 

It doesn't matter what kind of teacher you are, ALL teachers are busy! Throw in a few IEPs, adapting materials, goal and data tracking and things can get overwhelming. It may always be busy, but you don't have to feel so stressed out. I've put together some helpful information (AND A FREE FLIP BOOK) to hopefully make your year smoother, more organized, and more effective!


1. The most important thing we need to realize is that an IEP is a legally mandated document. IT MUST BE FOLLOWED! Ok, that's the only time I am going to sound preachy, but it is really important for everyone to realize this. We must stay in compliance. If there is a behavior plan, make sure you read that as well! :)

2. BE PREPARED! Read the IEP and transfer some of the key components onto the IEP AT A GLANCE. (I've included a free one in this set).  Create a folder. Include the IEP at a glance, goals, accommodations/modifications, data sheets, and materials to assess the goals. I pre-fill this folder at the beginning of the year which will save you so much time later! For example, if a student has a goal to write their name, I will fill with name-writing templates. I write the date next to each sample. When it's time to write the IEP I have all of the up to date information I need. You may also want to do some of your own assessments if you think students' present levels are not matching the IEP, especially over summer break when often students do not retain information. It's good to know where you students are exactly.

3. COMMUNICATE. Meet with the IEP team frequently. Stay up-to-date and share relevant information. Discuss what is or is not working and any possible revisions. They may have information that can help you. Don't wait until you are frustrated.

4. COLLABORATE. Don't feel like you are alone. If you are the general education teacher, Let your SPED teacher know what you are working on. They may have materials for you or they can assist you in making any adaptations. Let them know about any upcoming events, lessons, field trips, etc.

5. ATTITUDE AND  EXPECATIONS! This one is huge! Students in special education CAN learn. It may be at a different rate and in ways you are not familiar with, but they ARE capable of learning. It is up to us to create equal opportunities for ALL of our students to learn. Keep expectations high, but realistic. Never assume. Make sure your student is included and is an active member of your classroom. If a student is in a corner with their aide, they are not really getting their general education minutes.

You can read more in this IEP flip book here>>>FREE IEP GUIDE FLIP BOOK

There are also some goal tracking forms, a parent introductory note, and a daily communication page. 

I hope you find this useful!!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Life Skills & Social Skills Interactive Notebooks!

I don't know about you, but all of the life skills and social skills books I've ever found were very heavy in text! There was no way my students were going to be able to read them independently! Last year, I created a life skills and social skills interactive notebook with mostly ALL visuals and    minimal text.  It was a HUGE labor of love that required some very unusual pieces of clip art...but hey, we need to keep it real right! :) 

Dozens of topics are covered! Take a peek!

Something I really LOVE about this book is that students can refer back to lessons at any time. It's also a great item to send home at the end of the year or to review with parents!

All cut-lines are straight and easy to cut!

I've created a FREE sample set that you can try!   LIFE SKILLS & SOCIAL SKILLS INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK

WH Question Assessment Sticks!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

 WH Question Craft Sticks!

Color Coded Craft Sticks!

These are such a quick and easy way to assess student knowledge of WH questions. Simply tape the strips onto jumbo colored craft sticks. You can place the questions answered correctly in one pile and those answered incorrectly in another. Based on the colors you will have a good idea of what questions a student needs more assistance with. Students won't even know they are being assessed.

I used packing tape because it looks GREAT and it's SUPER durable!

You could also print the strips on colored paper and then tape to plain wood craft sticks!

Data Forms and Assessments

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Data folders have been a HUGE help in managing data in the classroom! It also makes writing the IEP so much easier with up to date information, student work samples, and goal progress! 
The first thing that I do, is take the goals and benchmarks from the IEP and put them in clear page protectors. I put those in a cheap plastic three prong folder (see above). 

How Do You Assess Your Students??

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A few years ago I got really tired of running around the room whenever I needed to assess my students. I decided to put all of the manipuatives that I might need in one place. For now, it's in this very basic box. I can take it around the room to test each student. I also use a class binder that has data recording sheets and assessment tracking sheets. I bring the binder with me as well for documentation and recording. Not every student will need everything that's in the box but I tried to make it as complete as possible for all students. 

Assessment Box