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.

Once you get the IEP (ideally BEFORE school starts) complete the IEP SNAPSHOT. It helps to really solidify those key components. When you fill it out, it also helps you get to know your student's IEP. You can also make copies for other staff who directly work with your student. You can get a copy of the IEP snapshot here.
IEP at at glance or snapshot of all of the main components of an IEP.

Another thing I like to do is send home a PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE.  I love to gather more personal information from those who really know the student best! This will help also help you in gathering items to use as reinforcers. You can also get this in my FREE BACK-TO SCHOOL SPED FORMS.

I don't know about you, but sometimes I feel like scheduling the IEP takes longer than writing it! I created this form to help with the IEP planning. I can also use this information when working with the other IEP team members to set up a time and day that works for everyone! You can also get a feel for what the parent is looking for in the IEP and be prepared for any possible revisions.

I think one of my worst fears is putting  a student on the bus when they were supposed to get picked up! I made these backpack tags so that anyone who is with the child will know how they are supposed to go home. So helpful when you have non-verbal students or if you teach Early Childhood. It's also great when you have a sub. My para also wore a lanyard around her neck with a mini list of student names and bus #s. You can also add BUS# and WHO is allowed to pick the student up. These are also part of my FREE back to school set.
Of course there are many other items to prepare for the beginning of the year, but hopefully these few items will be helpful to you in starting the year off! 

If you are looking for ideas to help you set up DATA FOLDERS  in your classroom you can find some information HERE on an earlier blog post. 


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