Fantasies of a Special Education Teacher

Sep 3rd 2018

Are you exhausted? Are you suffocating under a mountain of IEP paperwork? Have you fantasized about applying for a job at the mall? Are you already dreaming about your next beach vacation? Do you wish you had more time for […]

Guided Reading Survival Guide Part 4

Jul 21st 2018

Guided reading challenging, even to veteran teachers because there are so many factors to consider. In my 4 part blog series, Guided Reading Survival Guide, I explain how to go beyond the basal and provide engaging, authentic supplemental texts; teach research-based […]

Last Day of School Blues

May 28th 2018

                                            Looking for an engaging last day of school project? Use our Last Day of School Blues FREE Activity to […]

Mother’s Day Mother of the Year Writing & Art Project

May 7th 2018

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate Mom than with her own Mother of the Year magazine cover and article. Inspired by Time Magazine’s Woman of the Year issue, this persuasive writing and art […]

Celebrate Earth Day with The Lorax

Apr 22nd 2018

Earth Day is fast approaching and with spring fever in full force, our engaging, comprehensive Lorax literature study is the perfect solution! Our Lorax literature study integrates elements from our Guided Reading Strategies Bundle which teaches critical reading strategies in a child-friendly way. […]

Using Rubrics to Assess Progress Towards IEP Goals

Apr 7th 2018

Rubrics have been essential for my resource program this year. Rubrics are efficient tools to assess authentic student learning and growth. Instead of measuring a skill as correct/incorrect or simply generating a percentage score, rubrics allow us to assess holistically […]

Celebrate Dr. Seuss in Style

Feb 25th 2018

Read Across America is around the corner–celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with these fun, no-prep activities: 1. Cat in the Hat Kabob: Download this FREE recipe to make these adorable Cat in the Hat kabobs, a perfect activity to incorporate during […]

Happy 100! Celebrating the 100th Day of School

Jan 15th 2018

I can’t believe we’ve already been in school for 100 days! Where does time go? To celebrate this momentous occasion, my class participated in several 100 Day activities. Here are a few highlights from our special day: 1. If I […]

Hanukkah Essentials: Latkes, Dreidels, Menorahs & More

Dec 13th 2017

  Hanukkah is here and what better way to engage students than through integrated Hanukkah activities aligned to Common Core Standards. Here are highlights from our Hanukkah Essentials Unit: 1. KWL menorah: To start our unit, students completed a Hanukkah […]

Move Over Elf on the Shelf–The Reindeer is in the Room

Dec 3rd 2017

Is Christmas craziness taking over your classroom? As a veteran teacher, I’ve tried every behavior management trick and technique to calm holiday chaos that predictably arrives every year around December 1 and have found limited success. These three weeks should […]

Taking Intervention to the Next Level with Authentic Text

Nov 25th 2017

As a special education resource teacher, one of the biggest challenges I’ve seen students struggle with is transferring strategies they learn during intervention lessons to authentic text. Often times students can use their decoding skills in controlled text in the […]

Building Fluency with Animal Assisted Therapy

Nov 11th 2017

I’m excited to bring the Animals, Books and Children (ABC) program to our resource program this year!  Currently, I am piloting the program with 1st grade students and hope to expand to additional grade levels in the future.   The ABC […]

The Imposter Syndrome: Life as a Special Education Teacher

Oct 21st 2017

NEWLY REVISED ULTIMATE SPECIAL EDUCATION SURVIVAL KIT! Today I had a rare moment: some peace and quiet at home and an opportunity to sit down and read a book.  As I was diving into Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg I […]

The Ugly Truth About Halloween

Oct 10th 2017

Halloween is just around the corner and kids are focused on costumes, candy and creepy creatures–it’s enough to make you batty before Halloween even arrives! It’s tempting to use Halloween coloring pages and other fluffy activities to keep students calm […]

Dos and Don’ts of Behavior Reflection

Sep 16th 2017

Do you struggle with helping students process their behaviors and learn to make better choices? Are your time-outs ineffective? Are your students repeating the same negative behaviors?  Having strategies for effective behavior reflection is critical to creating a positive learning […]

Don’t Teach Another Phonics Lesson Until You Read This…

Aug 27th 2017

As a resource teacher, I use specialized instruction in my intervention groups to help my students meet their IEP goals as well as make progress towards grade level standards. While implementing the district prescribed intervention curriculum, Wilson Reading System, I […]

Essentials of a Special Ed Resource Room

Aug 20th 2017

I’m so excited to be back in the classroom this year! After 14 years as a special education resource teacher, I changed gears to work in the capacity of an Instructional Coach and Special Education Coordinator in high needs schools. […]

TpT Back to School Sale 2017

Jul 31st 2017

As veteran teachers, we know that the beginning of year often means countless meetings, endless hours of preparation and a great deal of stress. We are here to help! Our tried-and-true Back to School resources are guaranteed to help you work […]

Set Up Your Best Classroom Yet

Jul 30th 2017

Welcome to my second grade classroom, my home away from home.  Each year, I refine my classroom with special finds from Target and Hobby Lobby (my favorite!) to make it comfortable and inviting. I love to think outside of the […]

Master Meet the Teacher in 5 Easy Steps

Jul 18th 2017

Just the mention of Meet the Teacher or Curriculum Night makes most teachers break out into a cold sweat. Why is this? We speak in front of people all day, every day, but the difference is their age. Children will […]

Teaching In Style: 5 Key Back to School Pieces

Jul 13th 2017

Back to School time is right around the corner and one of my favorite parts is picking out a few outfits for the first week of school. Here are 5 key pieces to start your year off with a bang: […]

Roar Into Research

Apr 2nd 2017

Spring fever is full force in my classroom and I have tried every trick of the trade to keep my students calm and engaged with little success. After taking a Common Core ELA class through my district, I found the […]

Meaningful (& FREE) Valentine Gifts for Kids

Feb 7th 2017

As Valentine’s Day nears, teachers everywhere are scouring their local Dollar Stores and Target Dollar sections for the perfect holiday-themed trinkets. This pursuit of the perfect, “inexpensive” gift often leaves teachers exhausted and broke. Plus, these gifts often end up in the bottoms […]

Martin’s Big Words: A MLK Character Analysis Collage

Jan 12th 2017

My class is currently learning how to analyze character traits using textual evidence. Since Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is around the corner, I decided to use Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen […]

5 No-Prep Thanksgiving Activities

Nov 22nd 2016

Looking for ready-to-use Thanksgiving activities that keep students engaged in learning? You’ll be thankful for these 5 easy activities: 1. Create A Classroom Market: Murphy Market is a center I created in which students purchase items, add totals and learn […]

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