Life Skills

Classroom Jobs

If you know me at all, you know that I LOVE finding ways to help my students be more independent. I am also a huge proponent of having my students take care of their environment and manage our classroom. With independence in mind…I introduce you to my classroom job system.  It’s organized, low maintenance, and takes up a very small space in my classroom. It works pretty well for us and is helping my students daily. This system began after…

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Life Skills

Transition Planning

LIFE SKILLS AT ALL AGES I am about to say something that may scare you, please stick with me…I promise I’ll explain. Transition planning should start when a student first enters school (around age 3). I know…I know…I am picturing the skeptic eye rolls now. I’m not crazy, I promise. Hopefully many of you are already on board with this. This concept can be a tough one to think about. Parents and teachers have trouble imagining what “transition skills” could…

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Paraprofessional Training

Managing Paraprofessionals in the Special Education Classroom

Managing Other Adults in the Special Education Classroom   Oh boy… this topic is a tough one. As Special Education teachers, we find ourselves in a position where we often need to manage one, two, or several instructional staff in our classrooms. This is in addition to all of the usual challenges of educating students with unique needs.   I have spoken to many teachers who find this to be one of, if not the most, stressful part of their…

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Life Skills

MY TEACHING PASSIONS

If you haven’t heard me say this before…I really LOVE my job. Working with students with Autism is something that makes me really happy. Don’t get me wrong…it can be challenging. Some days are hard….some days I cry. But even on those hard days…I love what I do. I hope you do too!   I am excited to share with you my two main passions related to my job (educating students with Autism and other disabilities).   I hope to…

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