SPECIAL ED Back To School Tips & Freebies!

I don't know about you- but I love a FREEBIE!!!!  24 of us have teamed together to design this WONDERFUL e-book!  It's free and includes a freebie and a tip from each of us.  We want your back to school transition to be as smooth and stress free as possible!


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33 comments

  1. One tip for back to school is to over plan--some activities or lessons may not take as long as you might think; have some back up ideas or lessons ready to go in case you have more time on your hands.

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  2. Spend time looking at your students IEPs so you can have materials prepared that they can do independently the first day!

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  3. My advice to new teachers is to make friends with your support staff, custodial crew, secretary staff, etc. They are really the ones who can make/break your year. Everything seems to run smoother when staff get along and you can ask for help...and don't be afraid to ask for help!! We all need some support and guidance. Some of the best work in my classroom has come with ideas from my support staff! :)

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  4. I'm a first year SPED teacher, and I'll be teaching in a life skills setting! Being a first year teacher, I don't have any advice to offer ;) but I was wondering what tips veteran teachers have for making through the first year? I've been scouring Pinterest, TeachersPayTeachers, and as many blogs as I can find for ideas. Luckily I've been able to get into my classroom quite a bit this summer, and now that it's (for the most part) organized to my liking, I'm ready to move on to the planning/preparation aspect! Any insight would be appreciated!

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  5. Always have a backup plan. And then another one. Mine usually include a physical movement break and a couple of sensory breaks.

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  6. I am a first year teacher and very excited/nervous to begin! Any tips you can share would be great!

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  7. First year teachers should know that the best way to keep everyone busy is to have a detailed schedule that tells both staff and students what they should be doing throughout the entire day!

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  8. Communicate with parents, communicate with parents, communicate with parents!!

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  9. My Tip: Be highly organized before school starts!

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  10. I am loving this blog hop!! I am finding so many new friends to follow! My tip is to collaborate and work as a team! A team approach is sustainable and you have team members you can count on!

    http://www.ms-smartiepants.blogspot.com.au

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  11. You have to leave what happened at school-don't take it home with you. You have to learn to distance yourself from school to home. I don't mean you can't talk about your day, but you only have control over what happens at school and not what happens after they go home. You will drive yourself crazy worrying about them. Learn to draw the line so you can focus on your family. I love my students, but I leave all the problems behind when I walk out the door. I will begin my 36th year in special ed in a couple of weeks. I learned this lesson the hard way.

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  12. When you are a new teacher, it is tempting to try to prepare for every possible problem. It just isn't possible. Do your best and then try again tommorow.

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  13. Get to know the other special ed teachers, the grade level teachers & your LTSE! These people can make your life so much easier by answering your many questions.

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  14. First year teacher tip: reach out to parents first thing! Make an appointment to just sit down and listen to them. You will find out so much, and immediately get them on your good side. :)

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  15. If I could do my first year over again, I would make sure to make a to do list in one place and not sticky notes all over the place. I would ask for help and learn to say NO! I can't do it all. I also would stay a little later to make sure I was organized.

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  16. My advice to new teachers is to make sure to make at least one positive contact with parents within the first week of school!
    Kim
    Mrs. H's Resource Room

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  17. Remember it takes time!! It won't happen all at once!

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  18. Well since I am a first year teacher, I will leave some tips that I've heard. Keep calm!!! Over-plan rather than under-plan. Be flexible. Understand that things will go wrong, but it's a learning process.

    Thanks for having this giveaway!

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  19. Thanks for the great freebies! As a general ed teacher, these ideas are so helpful.

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  20. Hmmmm no tips yet! Nearing the end of my graduate program though.

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  21. For new teachers, I would recommend getting a mentor- someone you can go to for help, whether in your school, district, parish/county- or online- but some sort of support system that you can run things by- or just vent to after a long day!

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  22. Shake it off. This is a hard job, you can't take anything personally, and you should probably come back tomorrow.

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  23. Make sure to take time for yourself! You will NOT be able to do it all at one time!

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  24. It's hard to pick just one tip for a new teacher! However, I would suggest getting a good calendar (I use Outlook so I can set reminders) and marking birthdays ETR, IEP, and report card/progress report due dates right away!

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  25. Have your routine/schedule listed so students can refer to it when they need to.

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  26. Establish your rules in the beginning and be consistent. It's easier to become less strict than it is to become more strict.

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  27. Relax and remember that you cannot do it all your first year! Keep it simple because you have years to implement other things.

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  28. My tip would be to seek advice from teammates and other veteran teachers as much as possible! :) They have a wealth of knowledge that only years of experience can bring!

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  29. Practise procedures and routines for the first couple of weeks!

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