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Data Collection Series: Where should I keep data sheets?

Are you wondering where you should store your data sheets to ensure data is being collected frequently in your special education classroom? Find out where I store data sheets and get maximum data collection from all of my staff.

I'm back talking about data collection in the classroom. We've talked about what skills you should be collecting data on and how to choose the right data sheets. Now it's time to talk about where you're going to store all these data sheets.

Work Tasks for Beginning Readers

Have students who are just building their reading skills? I've gathered some of my very favorite work tasks for students just learning letter sounds to students who are reading and comprehending at the sentence level. Check out these quick and easy tasks for beginning readers.

Data Collection Series: Choosing the right data sheets

So now that you're all set on what you should be taking data on in your classroom. It's time to figure out how to collect said data. There are a few quick and easy ways I like to collect data in my classroom and I want to show you some of my favorite data sheets.

The first thing I do when determining the data sheets to use in my classroom is to look at the goal I measuring. Am I measuring independence? Accuracy? Behavior? Frequency? Determining what I am measuring will help me determine which data sheet would best work to measure my students goals.

Data Collection Series: What should I take data on?

Data, all day, every day. I'm sure you're taking a TON of data in your Special Education classroom. I take data on #allthethings in my classroom, too. But I remember when I started out in my classroom and I would wonder "What data do I need to be collecting?" So with all that fear of missing something important. I literally took data on EVERYTHING. There were so many data sheets that I honestly never looked at them. I mean, who has time for that?

I mean, seriously, did I need data for all of my students multiple trips to the bathroom each day? Probably not since 6 out of my 8 students were completely toilet trained by the time they came to my classroom. Did I need data on every response my students provided during our morning circle time? Again, probably not. But did I need data on the attending goals my students had? Absolutely! Once I had time to step away and think about it, it was clear that I didn't need to take data on #allthethings. I knew I needed to analyze what I was doing and find a way to do it better.

No SMART Board? No Problem!

Is your classroom lacking in the technology department? I get so jealous when I see classrooms with interactive whiteboards and real 21st century equipment. It's easy to feel like you're living in the Stone Age when you see people all over with interactive whiteboards and amazing technology in their classrooms. Trust me, I'm with you there.

Giving my students experience with technology is important to me. We live in a world full of technology and our students need to be prepared and know how to interact with it, and let's face it, there is some super cool stuff you can do with great technology in the classroom. But unfortunately my classroom is more equipped for prehistoric times than present times. I wanted to use what I had in my classroom to build an experience for my students. Check out what I did!

My Absolute Favorite Songs to Support Calendar Skills

Incorporating songs during our calendar time lends itself to multi sensory learning in my special education classroom. Check out 3 of my favorite songs to use during calendar time.

Daily calendar time is a favorite for my students in my classroom. What they don't know is that everything we do during calendar time serves a purpose. Every song I use during our morning calendar time is designed to help my students learn the days of the weeks, months of the year, types of weather, etc.

Our calendar time is a combination of songs and activities related to the calendar. I also have an interactive calendar I use to help my students receptively identify calendar information. I want to share with you some of my favorite songs that I use during calendar time in my classroom and tell you why they are some of our favorites!

I follow pretty much the same calendar routine everyday in my classroom. Students come to the circle area and we do the following routine:
  1. Identify the month
  2. Count the number of days within the month
  3. Review special activities that are coming up in the month
  4. Identify the day of the week; add in yesterday and tomorrow as my students become more proficient
  5. Identify the Weather
So, here are some of my favorite songs I use to assist my calendar times and why we love them in our classroom!

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!
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