10 things every secondary special education teacher wants you to know

10 Things Every Secondary Sped Teacher Wants You To Know

1. MY STUDENTS ARE NOT DISABLED, THEY ARE DIFFERENTLY ABLED. Get to know this person, they might surprise you in how much they can do and how much determination they have – they just need a different way to go about doing it. 2. JUST BECAUSE THEY HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS, DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD LET THEM “JUST GET AWAY WITH…

BLOG: Schedules and lesson planning in an adult transition life skills classroom.

Schedules & Lesson Planning: Adult Transition Life Skills Classroom

Let me start out by saying every classroom and school is different, and this is just one perspective on what works for ME.  There are so many components to making schedules and lesson plans run as smooth as possible in a special education classroom, so I hope you can at least take a little something from how I run my…

BLOG: How I Use Adapted Resources during Group Lessons; special education classroom.

How I Use Adapted Resources for Group Lessons

Ok, the title might be redundant, but if you teach special education, you pretty much know that adapted resources are a necessity in your classroom!  It is just a matter of how you use those materials.  If your class/students are anything like mine, it is a task to get all of my students to sit for a half an hour…

BLOG: Life Skills IEP goal ideas in the area of vocation for special education.


There are endless number of life skills IEP goals out there, it’s just a matter of finding what your student and their family want to focus on.  It’s all about getting to know your student, their future goals, and collaborating with parents/caregivers on what areas they find important.  Some families have an idea of the types of goals they want…

Pinecone succulent garden art project - age appropriate craft for older sped students!

Pinecone Succulent Art Project

It’s so hard to find age appropriate crafts for older students with disabilities.  Most crafts that are easy enough or don’t require a lot of steps or fine motor skills, are geared towards younger children.  Here’s a project that is not only age appropriate, but makes a great gift for many occasions!  We originally made this project for a “recycle…

Inexpensive staff paraprofessional appreciation pun gifts with free printables

Staff Appreciation Pun Gifts with FREE PRINTABLES

Whether it’s the end of the year, Thanksgiving, or paraprofessional appreciation day, you’ll want to show your paraprofessionals how much you appreciate them! A little gift can go a long way! If you have upwards of 10 or more aides in your classroom or staff members you want to give gifts to, it can easily become very costly to give…

online businesses you can support that are owned by or employe individuals with disabilities

Online Businesses You Can Support That are Owned by or Employ Individuals with DisAbilities

By purchasing from one of these businesses, not only are you helping put dinner on the table, but you are helping spread awareness, acceptance, and inclusion of individuals with disabilities and providing meaningful employment opportunities.     If you or someone you know with disabilities owns an online business, or employs individuals with disabilities, and you would like to be added…

Secondary Special Education Blogs & Stores to follow for ideas and differentiated resources

Secondary SPED Blogs & Stores to Follow

Are you a secondary sped teacher looking for age appropriate ideas and resources?  You’ve come to the right place!  Here are a list of blogs and stores that focus on middle school, high school and transition special education. For links that lead to a blog, you can find their store link usually at the top of their blog under “shop”,…

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