Lesson Planning "Cheat Sheet"

Lesson planning. Some teachers cringe at the thought of it. I know that I have. I have spent countless hours writing lesson plans and making sure that I have everything "perfectly" planned, only to have them completely changed due to unforeseen circumstances. All sorts of things happen during the school day in general ed classes and special ed classes that change up what you thought you would be doing. With that said, routine is so important for our special kiddos. That's why I created a Lesson Planning "Cheat Sheet" for me. It is my "formula" for lesson planning. I simply have to plug in the various activities that we will doing. It makes lesson planning simple, quick, and, dare I say, FUN. It allows for consistency, receptiveness, and the mastery of skills. It's good for me, good for my aides, most importantly, good for my students. Also, it correlates perfectly with my student's goals and with my unit lesson plan, which you can buy on my TPT store here.

You can download a PDF version of the document here or a editable version simply comment here. Also, I am happy to answer any questions that you may have. Thanks!


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Keep Calm and Collect Data!

Progress reports were due this past Friday. As a new special ed teacher, making data sheets and collecting data has been a HUGE struggle for me. It seemed SO SO overwhelming at the beginning, but after spending a few hours sitting down and organizing myself, I was able to create a data collection system that works for me and my students.

Collecting data is a crucial part of my job. It is so important to record data so that I know how my students are doing. It's important to have all of my bases covered and to be extra prepared in case someone questions me or my observations. With that said, I have created a new product series: Keep Calm and Collect Data! My very first product in the series is Packet 1: Basic Academics. It covers basic academic skills, such as counting, community signs, and personal information. Not only are data collection sheets included for a variety of skills, but there are also flashcards and matching sheets to help assess and learn new skills.

You can purchase my newest product here. 

























Have a wonderful day!

Until next time, Delightfully Dedicated
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New Product!!! Unit 3: Thanksgiving:Themed Special Ed/Early Elementary Activities

Unit 3: Thanksgiving, Themed Special Ed/Early Elementary Activities












You can purchase it here

My ENTIRE store is on sale until Monday, November 17th. 

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Number 3: We Celebrate Small Victories

My blog post is going to be super simple tonight.

Celebrate. Small. Victories.

Make a big deal about students that sit in their seats.

Scream and dance when a student uses the toilet instead of wetting their pull-up.

Take pictures when your students are FINALLY walking in line the right way.

Jump up and down when students say a newly learned word.

They may seem like small things to the rest of the world, but they are big things for our kids. Celebrate your students ALL DAY LONG. Trust me, it brings them joy, it brings you joy, and it brings those around your class joy.


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My Newest Product! Unit 2: Weather, Themed Special Ed/Early Elementary Activities (Giveaway opportunity!)


MY NEWEST FEATURED PRODUCT!

Unit 2: Weather, Themed Special Ed/Early Elementary Activities














You can purchase it here at my TPT store!

Start following my blog and my TPT store and comment below for a chance to win it for FREE! 

Happy Saturday! 
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This is normal: The ramblings of a first year special ed teacher

First off, I need to apologize for not blogging since MAY! It's been a crazy couple of months. I moved TWICE since my last post and managed to start and end one job as a children's director at a Christian camp and begin a new one as a special education teacher. I am currently teaching 10 amazing, sassy, stubborn, and unpredictable 3-5th graders and LOVING it. I have an amazing support system at my school and have been learning so much from my principal, my psychologist, my instructional aides, and from the service providers. With that said, I am exhausted. I'm actually writing this blog post because I am killing time before I can go to sleep (I just won't allow myself to go to sleep before 9pm for some reason). I spend countless hours in my classroom. From what I have heard THIS IS NORMAL for a first year teacher-general ed or special ed. I had no clue the work that goes into being a teacher...the planning, the organizing, the meetings, the phone calls from parents, the notes to write and send home, the IEPs! The list goes on. It's sometimes hard already to remember that the whole reason I am doing all of this is for the 10 precious students that I get to teach each day. It truly is a JOY and a HONOR to be their teacher.

Okay enough mushy, emotional stuff and on to the goodies! After 3 weeks of teaching (wow, that went by FAST), I have found some awesome resources and products that I believe to be essential for any moderate to severe special ed teacher just starting off (or even for you seasoned teachers out there). I will be sharing one each week over the next seven weeks! Ready? Okay here I go!

NUMBER ONE!  Task Boxes & File Folders.


Currently, task boxes are one of my rotations i have an aide who works with the students and is reaching them how to do the task boxes. Eventually, my goal is for my students to be able to do them independently. 

Here is how I have my "Picture Perfect Independent Workers" Blue Table set up. They have a list of task boxes that they have to finish during their time at the blue table. Once they finish, they get to have their picture taken with a variety of props and "glam." The pictures then go up on the board. I got my organizational idea from Melissa Toth Finch. You can check out her blog all about the system here. I tweaked mine a bit to fit my students and their needs.


 I have made several of my own work boxes. Here are some of the ones my kiddos are currently working through. 

1. Sorting and identifying colors



2. Identifying letters, matching letters, and building words




3. One to One Correspondence/Counting 

I got this product from Teaching Special Thinkers on TPT. You can purchase the product here. It is jammed packed with awesome tools that can be used for task boxes, small group instruction, or independent work. 



4. Sorting by Category

The students are given a few different cards and pictures and have to sort the pictures by category. You can pick this product up for FREE right here




5. I got a TON of ideas from Sasha at the Autism Helper. She has a whole work task product that you can purchase here. It is a HUGE time saver and totally worth the 10 bucks!

Well, it's almost 9, which means I can get some sleep! Happy blogging and pinteresting you wonderful, dedicated teachers! 

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