First Year Teacher Tips, Advice and Resources

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AI can be an amazing resource for teachers if it’s used correctly. And more and more teachers are using AI to save time and energy in the classroom. If you are looking for ways to use AI, ChatGPT or MagicSchool to help you save time in the special education classroom, here are 25 genius ways to use AI as a special education teacher including for assessments, lesson planning, behavior intervention, IEP goal writing, professional development and more. Learn how to use AI the right way here. Speech Recognition, Teaching Tips, Special Education Organization, Behavior Plans, Behavior Interventions, Sentence Builder, Special Education Elementary, Special Education Classroom, Intervention
25 Genius Ways to Use AI in the Special Education Classroom
AI can be an amazing resource for teachers if it’s used correctly. And more and more teachers are using AI to save time and energy in the classroom. If you are looking for ways to use AI, ChatGPT or MagicSchool to help you save time in the special education classroom, here are 25 genius ways to use AI as a special education teacher including for assessments, lesson planning, behavior intervention, IEP goal writing, professional development and more. Learn how to use AI the right way here.
Are you setting up a resource special education classroom this year? Here are my favorite tips and tricks to help you set up your special education classroom for success this back to school season. These tips include ideas for how to organize your classroom, how to create a schedule for your students, how to encourage collaboration, progress monitoring tips, and resources to help you have a successful school year in your resource special education classroom.
Tips and Tricks for Setting Up Your Resource Classroom
Are you setting up a resource special education classroom this year? Here are my favorite tips and tricks to help you set up your special education classroom for success this back to school season. These tips include ideas for how to organize your classroom, how to create a schedule for your students, how to encourage collaboration, progress monitoring tips, and resources to help you have a successful school year in your resource special education classroom.
Building a rapport with students a crucial aspect of effective teaching. When students feel connected with their teachers they are more engaged, motivated and eager to learn. If you are a special education teacher looking for ways to connect with your students and build a positive relationship from the first day of school, here are 5 simple, effective ways to build a rapport with your students.
How to Build a Rapport with Students in Your Special Education Classroom
Building a rapport with students a crucial aspect of effective teaching. When students feel connected with their teachers they are more engaged, motivated and eager to learn. If you are a special education teacher looking for ways to connect with your students and build a positive relationship from the first day of school, here are 5 simple, effective ways to build a rapport with your students.
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IEP Writing Tips and Advice for First Year Teachers from Veteran Teachers
Hey, first year special education teacher, I see you and I’ve been there! If you’re looking for tips and advice to help you write your first IEPs, you’re in the right place. Here are my top IEP writing tips for first year special education teachers from veteran teachers. These tips include how to write an IEP, practical IEP writing tips, tips for IEP goal writing, and advice I wish someone would have given me as a first year teacher before I wrote my first IEP. Grab these IEP writing tips here.
The All-in-One IEP Lesson Planner for Special Education Teachers
As a special teacher and IEP caseload manager, it can be difficult to find an IEP planner and lesson planner that works for our special education classroom. And while I love a good teacher planner, most of them don’t have all the things you need to keep your special education paperwork organized. This Special Education Teacher Planner can do it all including IEP goal progress tracking, parent communication, and IEP meeting notes. Grab this teacher planner now for back to school.
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7 Ways Special Education Teachers Can Help Parents Support Their Children at Home
As special education teachers, we can use our knowledge and resources to support our students with disabilities not just at school but at home too. Here are 7 ways to support parents of special education students so they can support their children at home. These ideas include ways for parents to incorporate sensory activities at home, supporting social skills, creating an effective learning environment and utilizing technology at home Learn how to better support your special education parents.
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An IEP Organization System That Actually Works
As a special education teacher, staying organized is essential. But, finding a system to organize IEPs and special education paperwork that actually works isn’t easy. Here is a step by step guide to finding an IEP organization system that works, what information you need in your IEP caseload binder, and digital IEP organization tips along with my favorite IEP organization resources for special education teachers. Special education teachers, snag this step by step guide and get organized!
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What I Wish I’d Known as a First Year Teacher in Special Education
If I could start my first year in special education over, here’s what I would do differently. The first year in the special education classroom can be challenging. You’re setting up your first classroom and lesson planning. But you are also learning to write IEPs, learning all about data collection, and making sure you help your special education students meet their IEP goals. It’s a lot and that’s ok. Here are my top tips for first year teachers from a veteran teacher who’s been in your shoes.
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The Ultimate Guide to Organizing IEP Case Files for Special Education
As a special education teacher, staying organized is essential. But, finding a system to organize IEPs and special education paperwork that actually works isn’t easy. Here is a step by step guide to finding an IEP organization system that works, what information you need in your IEP caseload binder, and digital IEP organization tips along with my favorite IEP organization resources for special education teachers. Special education teachers, snag this step by step guide and get organized!
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How to Stay Organized in Special Education with Color Coding
Color coding is my #1 teacher hack for the special education classroom. If you are setting up your first classroom as a special education teacher or getting ready for back to school, now’s the time to set up a color coding system in special education. Color coding helps you, and your students keep IEP paperwork, classroom materials, and student materials organized and easily accessible. Learn more about why you should color code your special education classroom and how to get started here.
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Special Education Teacher Planner: The Perfect Way to Keep ALL Your IEP Information in One Place
As a special teacher and IEP caseload manager, it can be difficult to find an IEP planner and lesson planner that works for our special education classroom. And while I love a good teacher planner, most of them don’t have all the things you need to keep your special education paperwork organized. This Special Education Teacher Planner can do it all including IEP goal progress tracking, parent communication, and IEP meeting notes. Grab this teacher planner now for back to school.
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A Step by Step Guide to Organizing IEP Case Files in Special Education
As a special education teacher, staying organized is essential. But, finding a system to organize IEPs and special education paperwork that actually works isn’t easy. Here is a step by step guide to finding an IEP organization system that works, what information you need in your IEP caseload binder, and digital IEP organization tips along with my favorite IEP organization resources for special education teachers. Special education teachers, snag this step by step guide and get organized!
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Rated G Movies with Lesson Plans for Your Classroom
Are you looking for a simple way to add an educational component to movie day or Fun Friday educational in your elementary or special education classroom? Are you required to provide lesson plans to go along with movies you show in the classroom? I’ve got you! Here’s a list of 25 Rated G movies you can show in your classroom with confidence while also adding in fun, educational activities. These movies and lesson plans are great for the end of the school year, emergency sub plans or Fun Friday.
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8 Low Prep Social Skills Games for Your Special Education Classroom
Make practicing social skills fun with these social skills games. In the special education classroom, helping your students develop social skills is crucial. It improves students’ social interactions, communication skills, and emotional understanding. But practicing social skills doesn’t have to be boring. These low prep social skills games and activities will help your special education students practice social skills in fun and engaging ways. Find my favorite social skills activities here.