How to Use Graphs to Make Progress Monitoring EASY

Progress monitoring is overwhelming. Trust me. I know. It is one of the hardest things about being a special education teacher. It’s also the most essential. So, how can we make progress monitoring easier and save time? I think that using goal graphs make progress monitoring easy and can make our lives as special education teachers EASIER! How to Use Graphs to Make Progress Monitoring EASY: Option 1: The Progress Monitoring Binder Inside my progress monitoring binder, I have tab for each student. I also have a graph for each goal that my students have. Because I’m a bit of…

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Special Education Teachers: Here’s How to Get It All Done

As a resource room teacher, I have SO many things that I need to get done. There are days where behaviors are crazy. Some days, I sit in meetings all afternoon and get next to nothing done. However, I do have a few routines that I implement that I feel really help me “Get It All Done“…if that’s even possible! Quiet Tasks vs Busy Tasks In special education, many of us share a room with other adults. For me, I share my room with another special education teacher and three assistants. My prep is also during the lunch breaks of…

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How to Accommodate Students in the General Education Classroom {Reading}

As a resource room teacher, I only get 30-45 minutes with some of my students. They spend a whole lot of time in the general education classroom. Meaning, they need accommodations! Accommodations can help them to be successful with grade level material. Below, you’ll find reading accommodations that can be used in the general education classroom or in your resource room. Graphic Organizers  Graphic Organizers are a perfect tool for differentiation and accommodation in the general education classroom. Students who are well trained in knowing what to do with a graphic organizer can often apply it to a passage at…

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How to Organize Your Picture Books with a Google Sheet

I absolutely love picture books for teaching and modeling reading skills. But you know what? I can’t afford to buy them all. I can’t even remember which ones I have, which ones I use for what skill, or if I borrowed them from a friend. The struggle is real, my friends. Several years ago, I created a Google Sheet with all of my books. Actually, I had my high school helper type up most of the titles and authors for me! Then, as I used a picture book, I would jot down the skill that I taught. I also added…

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Free Evaluation Checklist for Special Education Teachers

How many special education evaluations do you have during one school year? I average about 20-30. And I must say, it is HARD to manage at times. This year, I started using a checklist to help keep my special education evaluations organized. You can download this printable for FREE by clicking here! After downloading the freebie, you will be able to add your own customized pieces of the evaluation process. I have tried to include each tiny step of the process in hopes that I don’t drop the ball on one or more pieces of the process. I record when…

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