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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Special Educator Blog Hop

Jamie at Tales of a Carolina Girl is hosting a Special Educator Blog Hop. The Hop's theme is "Back to School Advice". She has a linky on her blog of those participating.


Name: Misty

Job Title: Resource Teacher

Grade: 7th-8th

Years of Teaching: This will be year 19. I spent 12 years with grades K-5 before being moved to 7th-8th.

Advice: My advice when working with special ed students is to provide information in a variety of ways.

*Oral directions. 
These can work if:
1) you talk at a normal speed - talking too fast and they might as well be texting
2) give bits or chunks of information at a time - not one long lecture
If I am talking/lecturing/carrying on orally, half of my class tunes me out after a couple of words.
photo source: ADDitude Magazine

*Visuals are very important! Some kids just need to see it while they hear it. I am one of those people myself, especially if it is information that is long and drawn out. 
You can:
1) Use a lot of colorful powerpoint slides to help maintain their attention. Be careful. Slides should not be too distracting or cluttered. Find a balance.
2) Have examples of each step and finished product. Some students just need to "SEE" your product expectations. 
photo source: anoved.net
*Hands On Opportunities
Provide students a way to interact with the lesson such as:
1) Creating a concept foldable.
2) Fill in the blank notes.
3) Using manipulatives during the lesson.
4) Going to the board to participate in the lesson.

*Repeat, Repeat, Repeat.
Repeating information is great for all sorts of students. Yes, you will have to repeat directions. You have those students who will always need directions repeated no matter what.
You can:
1) Call the student's name prior to giving directions so they know specifically where you are going to read.
2) Stand by the student and point on the student's page as you read directions.
3) Give directions to the class and then review them with the one(s) who needs it. Sometimes you have to pick your battles.

School starts for me at the end of July. Have a great year!

23 comments:

  1. Hi Misty! I love your blog design, very cute! I need to learn how to make my own. Great advice as well. I have a tendency to talk too fast and definitely need to start practicing slowing it down. I look forward to learning more from you!

    Jamie
    Tales of a Carolina Girl

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    1. Thanks Jamie. It's not too difficult to design your own blog. I'm still learning things. :)

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  2. Great advice Misty! My first boss when I started in special ed told me that every lesson should include me "telling them something", "showing them something", and "having them do something". I know it's not always possible, but important so you can hopefully catch them all!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Your boss gave you excellent advice. I just need to remember to these things more often. :)

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  3. Great advice! School starts in July?! Wow! I just finished ESY and I'm ready for my break! Luckily I have a couple extra weeks. We won't go back until August. I'm so happy to find some more Special Education bloggers out there!

    Erin
    You AUT-a Know

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Erin. Yep we start at the end of July. We then get 2 weeks off after each 9 weeks. It is fabulous!

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  4. Great points on getting your info across in different ways. I try to keep this in mind, too.
    We've only been in summer break for 1 week! I can't believe you go back already. Hope your year goes well!
    Pam
    MrsPSpecialties

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Pam. I've been off since June 1. Have a great year!

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  5. Your blog is adorable! So glad I found you through the hop! Thanks for your advice!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words and for stopping by!

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  6. Fabulous reminder. I need to get the students more involved, more often. I also love the part about repeating directions. When I see the memes about kids asking for help after being given directions I always think those are our kiddos who have a legitimate need for a repeat!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I need to constantly remind myself that certain kids just aren't going to get directions the first time or two {or three} and repeating is necessary. :)

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  7. Excellent advice!

    I love your blog name! You have a new follower!

    Kelly
    A View Into My Classroom

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for following. The blog name comes from my room at school. It is literally a little room under the stairs. :)

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  8. I am a visual and hands-on learner. I feel like that benefits me in this field because my brain kind of works like my students' brains! I am a new follower. :-)

    -Tasha
    A Tender Teacher for Special Needs

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    1. I'm that way myself! Thanks for following. :)

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  9. I love your blog & all of the polka dots! :) I'm glad to find other MS SpEd teachers :)

    Michelle
    Miss, Hey Miss

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    1. Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by. It is nice to hook up with other Sped Ed teachers.

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  10. Lovely to meet you through this blog hop. Great to feel part of such a special community and know I am not alone searching for answers and support working with these wonderful children
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    Special Teaching at Pempi's Palace

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  11. Great advice! Quick question- as a resource teacher do you have the same class all the time? I teach in the UK and I've seen the term around the 'net but quite sure how it works in the USA. Thanks! http://mrsbsroom.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Helen! As a resource teacher I have groups at a time. When I worked in the elementary I would schedule groups of students into my room depending on their needs. In the Jr. High setting, students are assigned to my class as one of their 7 class periods.

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  12. I know I'm a bit late, but I just found you through the linky and am glad I did! I too teach Special Ed in Middle School!

    -Lisa
    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

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