How to Use Boom Cards in Special Education

I have not been a long time Boom Learning user, but I have been in LOVE with it for special education. Here’s why: Some Boom Cards have audio that will read aloud to students. Using Boom cards in special education has been a live saver . In my mind, they have endless opportunities. How to Set Up a Class on Boom Learning Setting up your class on Boom Learning is very easy! You can add your own list or bring them in from Google Classroom. With a few clicks, your students will be ready in no time. How to Assign…

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How to Use Google Classroom in Special Education

I have used Google Classroom since it first launched in 2014. I absolutely love it as a way to share things with my special education students. In this blog post, I want to share with you my tips for using Google Classroom in Special Education, specifically in a resource room.  I’ll also be sharing how to do basic tasks in Google Classroom, such as setting up your classroom and adding students.  How to Set up a Google Classroom You and your students will need to have Gmail accounts in order to use Google Classroom. To set up your classroom, go…

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Simple Special Education Tips to Prepare for a New School Year

Goodness, as a special education teacher, there are about 100 things to do every day. We need the summer to rest, relax, and prepare for the new school year. In this post, I’ll be sharing ten things that I try to do every summer in order to prepare for the next year.  Reflect on Last Year Be honest with yourself. What went well? What didn’t go well? What changes would you like to make for next year? As teachers, we should always be looking to grow, learn, and change. I try to reflect and determine a handful of strengths and…

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5 Quick & Easy Ideas to Motivate Your Students in Math

In my small math groups, we are often doing HARD work. We do it repeatedly in order to make it easier. But doing 3-Digit computation over and over can be frustrating and easy to avoid for our students with disabilities. I’ve been working to find 5 quick and easy ideas to motivate my students in math by encouraging them to keep working hard and trying difficult tasks. Countdown or Token Board I like to use a countdown or token board as a motivator to keep my students going. I add a number to the countdown board with each and every…

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How to Make a Progress Monitoring Tub

Progress monitoring is a necessary part of being a Special Education Teacher. It is important to student growth, but it shouldn’t take a lot of time. For me, I save time by creating a progress monitoring tub full of all of the essentials for assessing my students. Progress Monitoring Storage Let’s first start with the container. As teachers, we LOVE containers, tubs, and all things cute storage. I love this ice cube chest from Amazon. It is large enough to hold file folders, but it is still small enough to carry around easily. Progress Monitoring for Specific Skills I have…

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