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5 Ways to Stay Organized During IEP Season

I don't know if you have IEPs all year long or if you're holding all your IEPs during a month long period, but I do know that between IEP meetings, phone calls, and just plain teaching in your classroom, IEPs can seem like another task added to a never ending to do list.

Managing a special education caseload can be overwhelming and stressful. Check out these 5 quick tips for case managers to cut down on the stress and have a productive IEP season.

I'm telling you, getting and staying organized for IEP meetings is the best way to get rid of the stress associated with IEPs. Staying organized really helps me manage my cases and helps keep me from having "surprises" throughout the year. Check out these 5 simple ways to stay organized during IEP season!

Top 3 Ways to Differentiate for Inclusion

Differentiation is certainly a hot topic in education these days and as Special Educators we know a thing or two about differentiating for our student's to succeed.

Today I want to focus on how we can differentiate for our students during their inclusion times. This year, all of my students are included for PE and Science specials on campus. We attend our specials with another 1st grade class. Having ALL of my students included at once has made me a pro at differentiating this year!

Creating Visual Boundaries in your Classroom

Do you have students who struggle to stay in designed spaces in the classroom? Check out how I create visual boundaries and implement a teaching strategy to help the students in my Autism classroom.

Let's face it. We've all had that student that just doesn't know where their body is supposed to be in the classroom. We've tried TONS of interventions, but they still seem to wander around the classroom and you need to find a way to keep them in the correct space. For our visual learners, visual boundaries can be super helpful. I have used them in a variety of settings and in a variety of ways. Before I show you what I've done, I want to talk just a little bit about when you're going to want to use visual boundaries with your students and what things you may want to consider before implementing a visual boundary system in your classroom.

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5 Work Station Basics


You all probably know by now that I'm a HUGE fan of Independent Work Stations. I've posted about them many times and shared how to use them successful. I absolutely love the independence we build for our students.

Today I'm sharing 5 quick tips for setting up a work station in your Special Education classroom.

Utilizing Graphic Organizers as a Visual Support

Graphic organizers provide excellent visual supports for so many students on the Autism Spectrum. Read about how I use graphic organizers to support behavior skills for my special education students.

If you have done any teaching this decade I'm positive you've heard all about graphic organizers. They're seriously a great tool for teaching all kinds of students to understand academic concepts. Did you know you can use graphic organizers for behavior as well?

Graphic organizers are one of my very favorite tools for teaching students appropriate behavior and helping them take ownership of their behavior. Today I'm going to share 4 of my absolute FAVORITE ways to utilize graphic organizers to impact the behavior of your students every day.

Generalization of Skills: What is it? Why is it Important? and How to Increase it in your Classroom



Have you heard a ton about generalizing skills in the classroom? Are you wondering what exactly that is? Are you wondering why it's important? First, let's get a little background.

When we teach our students through Discrete Trial Teaching we are using an Evidence Based Practice for Autism, but we are also using just one target for teaching our students. For example, if I'm teaching my student a vocabulary lesson and I use this card for the target word of "apple", this is the apple my student will automatically recognize.

2 More Mistakes you are Making when Prompting Students

Previously, I shared 3 prompts you're making with your students that you may not even notice and now I'm back to share some more unintentional prompts you may be providing in your classroom without even noticing.


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