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Taking the Anxiety Out of Student Placement in Special Education

By |2018-07-05T14:01:14-04:00July 5th, 2018|Ask a Teacher, Back to School, Child Development, Classroom Management, Confessions of a Teacher, Current Events in Education, Elementary, Featured, From the Front Lines, High School, Instruction & Curriculum, Instructional Coach Files, Instructional Strategies, Kindergarten, Middle School, New Teacher Bootcamp, Opinion, Parents, Professional Development, School Improvement, Special Education, Teacher Leaders, Teacher Self Care, Teacher Self-Care Conference, The Student Teacher Diaries|

If you are like me you get very invested in your students in special education. So invested that it is difficult to release them to the next special education teacher. I teach kindergarten through third grade mild/moderate special education in a resource room, so some of my kids loop up with me the next year [...]

Making Special Education Work For Everyone

By |2017-10-15T23:33:17-04:00October 15th, 2017|Ask a Teacher, Child Development, Classroom Management, Current Events in Education, Featured, From the Front Lines, Instructional Strategies, Special Education, Teacher Burnout, The New Teacher Chronicles, The Student Teacher Diaries|

I teach in a mild/moderate special education classroom, meaning that all of my kids are on IEPs and have been placed in my room because they meet disability criteria that my school district recognizes. They are able to attend a regular education classroom for all other subjects besides reading, language arts, math and adaptive behavior. [...]

Making Sense of Special Education Paperwork: 3 Systems That Save Me Each and Every Time

By |2017-10-09T09:00:24-04:00October 9th, 2017|Ask a Teacher, Back to School, Child Development, Classroom Management, Elementary, Formative Assessments, Instructional Strategies, New Teacher Bootcamp, Opinion, Responsive Classroom, Special Education, The State of Education|

I took a new position this year, one where the teaching I've been doing is the same, but the paperwork is not, I am a special education teacher in a resource room for kindergarten through third grade. For those of you are new to the special education area (like me) and are literally wallowing in [...]

It’s Time to Address Teacher Bias Against Special Education Students

By |2017-05-16T21:36:56-04:00May 1st, 2017|Special Education|

As a special educator for eight years, I can honestly say that most teachers have good intentions when it comes to reaching all children. That said, not all teachers are comfortable with, or even express happiness with, having special education students in their classrooms. Not surprisingly, a study conducted by MacFarlane and Woolfson (2013) found [...]

Are SPED Teachers Being Wells Fargoed? How Special Education Resembles the Wells Fargo Scandal

By |2016-11-01T20:49:46-04:00November 1st, 2016|Current Events in Education, Instruction & Curriculum, Special Education|

Cross-Posted at maribeeappletree    Those that handle our funds have a fiduciary duty to properly handle our hard-earned money, right? Recently our faith was shaken. In order to keep their $12 per hour jobs, low level Wells Fargo employees opened fraudulent bank and credit card accounts in their customers’ names. Top executives pushed managers to [...]

[Podcast S1E29] Special Education: A Conversation with a Mom & Teacher of an Autistic Child

By |2016-11-01T13:50:25-04:00April 23rd, 2016|Podcast|

Introduction Welcome to Episode29 Season one  of The Educator's Room podcast! In this episode, Franchesca interviews, Teresa Cooper, Special Education & Math Teacher Extraordinaire and proponent of championing our students with the greatest needs. This year we are going around the world to talk to educators who are doing awesome things- just like you. Starting the [...]

20+ Ways to Check for Understanding in a Special Education Classroom

By |2015-03-05T09:00:37-05:00March 5th, 2015|Instructional Strategies, Special Education|

You're a special education teacher, so you know that not all students are created equal. In fact, you know that even within a disability category, you cannot count on students behaving in a "typical" way. I'm sure you've heard the phrase, "If you've met one child with autism, you've met one child with autism." You [...]