Archive for the ‘Special Education’ Category

  • The Importance of Progress Monitoring in Special Education

    on Feb 26, 15 • in Featured, Special Education • with Comments

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    As we attempt to bridge the gaps and get students to meet grade level expectations, many special education teachers feel pressured during benchmarking time. A lot of school districts get it right and use both benchmarking data and progress monitoring data, which is important.  Special education students shouldn’t get assessed using benchmarks alone. Why? I’ll start my explanation by defining benchmark assessments and progress monitoring. What are Benchmark Assessments? Assessments that assess students progress as compared to national norms for the grade level they’re in. Completed 2-3 times per year Used to determine whether a significant

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  • Mission Possible: Accommodating for Science

    on Feb 19, 15 • in Science, Special Education • with Comments

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    Can you actually accommodate for science for a student whose reading level is far below grade level and still make the curriculum accessible? You can and if you want to remain sane in your classroom, you should. Frustrated students who cannot access the curriculum become eventual behavior problems either (a) because they want to save face from embarrassment or (b) they’re just angry that the work is too hard. Don’t worry, though! Accommodating for science isn’t that tricky anymore; websites exist to help all levels of science teachers not only understand differentiation but figure out

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  • Why Special Educators and General Educators Need Each Other

    on Jan 28, 15 • in Featured, Management, Special Education • with Comments

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    Let’s address the gigantic elephant in the room. We don’t talk enough and, quite frankly, a lot of times it seems that we just don’t get along. You just want to teach and I just want to follow my IEPs. We do have something in common, though. We both want all of our students to learn and grow.  I’m certain that’s true because we’re all responsible for these children. In order for that to happen, we need each other. Why do special educators and general educators need each other? Well, we have been trained in two entirely

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  • 9 Simple Ways to Prevent Burnout in Special Ed Teachers

    on Jan 23, 15 • in Featured, Special Education • with Comments

    I recently wrote an entry on my other blog about how I intended to embrace laziness this year, amongst other things, because I feel that I work so hard that I often run myself into the ground. I work hard in my personal life, as the parent of a child with autism, but I work even harder at my job as a Special Educator. I confess that I find it hard to honor that promise to myself. I often stay up past midnight working, drop into bed exhausted, and then drag myself out of bed

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  • Just Say NO! How To Do It the Right Way

    on Jan 22, 15 • in Educator Professionalism, Featured, Special Education • with Comments

    Just Say No! How to Do it The Right Way!

    As special educators, we often feel obligated to do more than our job requires. The job description becomes blurrier and blurrier with time as we get more job responsibilities tacked on with time–you know you can do that Educational Testing, write that report, and work with kids in small groups, all while following an inclusion model, right? All of this extra responsibility means we have less time to give to others who might demand more of our time. At some point, to avoid burnout, you must say no to something. But what happens if you’re in

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