IEP PLANNING

BEING PREPARED FOR IEPS! 

I will NEVER forget my first IEP meeting. It was awful! I was new, had very little training, and was ill-prepared. I vowed after that meeting that I was never going to let that happen again! Not only was I embarrassed, I let the parents down. Though it took some time, and a few more years of experience I figured out a system that allowed me to write thorough and accurate IEPs without going through all of that STRESS at the last minute! Here is the system that has worked very well for me! 

Setting Up a School Grocery Program!

(free forms included!)


If you teach special education at the secondary level, then you likely have Community Based Instruction (or CBIs). What I love about CBIs is that students experience REAL LIFE learning! For my middle school special education class, my favorite CBI was going to the grocery store, but I always felt it needed more.

I came up with a SHOPPING PROGRAM for our school. We would shop for members of our staff. It was amazing! Our administration loved it and so did the teachers! Nobody wants to go to the grocery store after working all day. And if you are like me, you finally decide what to make for dinner and then realize you are missing ONE item!

Are You Prepared for the New School Year?

Preparing for Your Special Education Classroom

If you've been teaching a while, you probably have a pretty good routine in place, but I feel like there is always something I can "do better next year." Even after starting the school year multiple times I always tell myself, "Next year, I'm going to to do this.....!"

Here are some things I have done to help prepare for what always seems to be a hectic time of year, with new kids, and sometimes a new grade level or school.

Food Allergies in the Classroom

Students With Food Allergies


Allergies are serious! I write this post as both a teacher and a parent of a child with a serious food allergy. My daughter was given the very food she was allergic to more than once at her previous school! She was two and three years old and not able to advocate for herself. It's a very scary thing to see your child with hives or facial swelling. There has been a significant increase in allergies, so there is a very good chance you currently have or will have a student with a food allergy in your classroom. I'm including some tips below and even more on the FREE STUDENT ALLERGY FORMS you can find in my store. 

How to Manage Students with IEPs

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? 
IEP organization and management

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!

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! :)