Is Differentiation Possible?

One of the teachers I follow on Facebook shared this article about how differentiation doesn’t work.  It bothered me.  Being a resource teacher, differentiation is a big deal.  It is my job!  I take the general education curriculum and differnatie it for my students.  This article is basically saying that it’s impossible to teach different Read more about Is Differentiation Possible?[…]

Bridging The Worlds of Special Education and General Education

When I started college I felt confident in my decision to become an elementary teacher. There were the obvious signs of pretending to be a teacher to my siblings when I was growing up and being so inspired by my own teachers.  I remember my 3rd grade teacher giving me a hug almost every morning Read more about Bridging The Worlds of Special Education and General Education[…]

Confessions Of A Resource Teacher

Confessions of a Resource Teacher Confession 1 – I sometimes feel intimidated by how amazing general educators are! I am a special education teacher who has spent the majority of my teaching as a resource teacher.  All my students are in the general education setting for the entire school day.  I partner with teachers to Read more about Confessions Of A Resource Teacher[…]

10 Ways To Find Sanity In Your Classroom

I wake up in the morning with my to-do list running through my mind. I’m thinking of lesson ideas as I get ready, writing a to-do list as I get breakfast, and continue the day with my mind multitasking as I check things off my list. I’ll be honest, I kind of thrive on this Read more about 10 Ways To Find Sanity In Your Classroom[…]

Getting Students To Care About Learning

I am currently working with a student that I have a difficult time understanding.  He always appears to be focused and working but doesn’t actually complete any work.  I started to meet with him to try and figure out why he wasn’t completing work.  He concluded that it depends on how hard the assignments are Read more about Getting Students To Care About Learning[…]

Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs For Teachers

Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs is well known.  I’ve always looked at it with specific students in mind.  What is my role in their lives to help meet their needs?  How will they ever get past the bottom of the triangle?   Teachers give and give and give.  We want the best for our students!  If Read more about Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs For Teachers[…]

Bullying In Your Classroom

Bullying has become such a hot topic lately.  It has become so well used that it might actually be misused.  Students call lots of things bullying that, by definition, aren’t.  Let’s not get caught up on that though because at least light is being shown on this really important topic!  For the sake of this Read more about Bullying In Your Classroom[…]

A Note About Graphic Organizers

I remember sitting in a college class looking over and discussing all the uses of graphic organizers.  They seemed like the best solution for students who had difficulty organizing information.  Actually, they seemed like a great tool for any student!   I also remember handing out a graphic organizer to students and half of them Read more about A Note About Graphic Organizers[…]

Special Education Acronyms

We have so many acronyms in the education world!  If someone sat in on a grade level meeting they would wonder what language we are speaking.  The hard part is, we don’t always remember what all the acronyms mean, at least the ones that aren’t used as often.   As a special education teacher, I Read more about Special Education Acronyms[…]

Whole Class Winter Activities

This time of the year in the classroom is hard.  Students are wanting to be on break and it feels like more of your time is spent managing behavior than teaching meaningful content.  And let’s be honest, teachers are trying their best to keep their attention on school instead of the countdown to break.  Anybody Read more about Whole Class Winter Activities[…]