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Imagine that you could change 5 simple things in your room design and have behavior problems disappear.  Believe it or not, if you do it right, it can happen. Classroom design can have a very significant impact on whether students behave appropriately and are engaged in work (e.g., Nordquist, Twardiosz, & McEvoy, 1991).  But how ... Read More about 5 Easy Ways to Conquer Behavior With Your Room Design

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Teachers frequently ask me about how to teach reading and build literacy, particularly about students with autism.  So many of our students can read the words, particularly sight words, but have really no idea what they mean.  Teaching literacy with interactive books can help engage students and expand their understanding of sight words. Multiple elements, of ... Read More about How to Build Literacy with Interactive Books & Sight Words

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Special education morning meeting is intimidating to many of us. Maybe you have tried it and felt like you couldn’t meet the needs of the different levels of your students. Or perhaps it was that your students didn’t stay engaged for the whole meeting. Or you just didn’t see it benefitting your students. For all of ... Read More about How to Run a Special Education Morning Meeting That is the Best Part of the Day

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Often on Facebook or in the community of the Special Educator Academy, I get asked for ideas about planning lessons for situations like job interview demonstrations, principal evaluations, visiting administrators to the classroom etc.  And really, these questions don’t ask specifically about lesson planning. They are usually put more like this:Unfortunately, like most things, the ... Read More about 5 Questions to Ask in Planning Lessons in Special Education

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For most of us working in life skills classrooms, finding engaging and useful ways to practice functional reading, particularly comprehension, can be tough.  So, I’ve set out to create a set of tools that allow you to scaffold your instruction of functional sight words commonly encountered by our students in their community.  I’m starting with ... Read More about Leveled Worksheets for Functional Reading Instruction

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Teaching is hard. There is no way around it. And teaching special education can be even more challenging. Especially at this time of year (May) I know many of you are dealing with increased behavior from students, finishing up testing and IEPs and just general fatigue from a long year.  I hope you have also had ... Read More about Get Excited To Be A Special Educator (Again)

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Meaningful IEPs are sometimes the most difficult part of the special educator’s job.  But they are also the most important….if we do them right. To do them right, we need to focus on creating a meaningful IEP.  The IEP encapsulates so much of the student’s program as well as the relationship with the family. It ... Read More about How to Conquer 5 Challenges of Meaningful IEPs

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Looking for practical data sheets? Click the picture to grab these from my store.When we hit testing and IEP season (the 5th season for the year), we start thinking about extended school year (ESY).  But really, we should be thinking about ESY data throughout the year. For anyone not sure on what ESY is, it ... Read More about 3 Easy Ways to Make Sure You Have ESY Data

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Did that title catch your attention?  No, don’t worry, I am not saying you shouldn’t be giving a break.  But, the function of the break really should shape what it looks like and how it’s used.   Lots of teachers I meet assume, or were taught, that students with autism and students with behavioral issues need ... Read More about Why Are You Giving a Break?

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Looking for practical data sheets? Click the picture to grab these from my store.When we hit testing and IEP season (the 5th season for the year), we start thinking about extended school year (ESY).  But really, we should be thinking about ESY data throughout the year. For anyone not sure on what ESY is, it ... Read More about 3 Easy Ways to Make Sure You Have ESY Data

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