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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Be ready! TPT Sitewide Sale!

It's a site-wide sale, everyone! Get your carts ready for the TPT sale on Monday, August 22!  

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Special Ed Classroom Pictures

The Teacher's Toolbox
Tomorrow is the first day of the 2016-17 school year! I'm so excited to welcome my students and get rolling! While I'll probably never feel like my classroom is completely ready, it's ready enough for us to get started. 
This is the area where I teach small-group or 1:1 with the giant PC behind me. 

This is another teacher area for a para or intern. 

Students sit at their own tables for independent work tasks and snack time. 
Arrival procedures are posted. 
Superhero theme in our school this year. 
This is our math area where we run small-group and 1:1 instruction. 
This is always one of our first whole-group lessons, expected behaviors. This year, I am using a combination of Green & Red Choices from the wonderful Pocket of Preschool and Whole Body Listening posters from Especially Education.

My desk already looks better since I took this picture and my closet will eventually be organized because I can't live with it like that! 
In love with my new lightbox! 

Hope you have a wonderful new school year with lots of learning, love and laughter! 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

SPED Sunday Freebies!

 SPED-tacular Freebies!
The SPED community is linking up to offer TONS of FREE resources! Click on the picture above to get to the links. Don't forget to leave lots of love (feedback) for these great resources! Thanks to The Bender Bunch for hosting!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Easy Data Collection

I am always looking for ways to make data collection easier. As the demands on teachers to provide data increases, the reliability of the data is also being more closely monitored. How can we take frequent, reliable data and still teach? 

The days of taking data 3 times a year (beginning, middle and end) are gone, especially in the special-ed classroom. We have IEPs to keep up with and, many times, every goal on the IEP has a different criteria. 

Another way they make us crazy challenge for ESE teachers is that a student's IEP does not conveniently begin at the start of the school year and end at the end of the school year. It may be written in January! This means the data must carry over from one school year to another or even change hands if (and when) a new teacher is involved. YIKES! If you are a new special-ed teacher reading this, don't worry! There are solutions, I promise! 

This is why special-ed teachers are so special! We are always coming up with ways to SIMPLIFY. Whatever they throw at us, we'll find a way!  

Here's one way I like to simplify. I made a simple data form for reading response in small-group. This can be used for 'wh' questions or any key-detail question. 
Mrs. Irvin's Toolbox
In the example below, this student was able to answer 3 out of 5 questions related to the story we read. More specifically, I know that she was able to answer the 'who' and 'where' questions but not the open-ended questions about other details of the story. 
Mrs. Irvin's Toolbox
It's a simple little form that takes no time at all and gives me good information. I keep a stack of these handy and file it away for future reference.  

If you think you can use this, click on any of the pictures to find it in my store. Hope it helps! 
Mrs. Irvin's Toolbox

Monday, August 1, 2016

Post-It Note Addiction?

Are you addicted to Post-It notes like I am? When you see new colors in the store all packaged up in that clear shiny wrapper, don't you just gravitate towards it? 

I think the Post-It company has figured out the colors that hypnotize teachers because I see them and I know I don't need any more but I pick them up anyway! Why? Because a teacher can NEVER have too many Post-It notes! It's a serious addiction, people! 

I wish I could enter this giveaway, but I can't! A group of awesome bloggers and I are co-hosting this giveaway, so don't delay! Enter to win your Post-It Note Treasure Box now! 

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