YouTube Videos & Channels for Social Emotional Learning

Saturday, September 19, 2020


I LOVE using YouTube to help facilitate SEL in elementary and middle school classrooms. Through hours (I mean, HOURS) of paging through YouTube, I have compiled some of my FAVORITE videos and channels for teaching SEL skills to our learners! Here we go. 

5 Podcasts for Special Educators

Sunday, July 19, 2020
Podcasts are some of my favorite ways to get my news, entertainment, and most recently some professional development/professional collaboration! While I listen to a lottttt of podcasts, here are 5 of my absolute favorites for special education teachers. Get your AirPods ready!

Why I Returned to the Classroom (Kind of)

Friday, July 17, 2020
I shared some big news a few weeks ago - I am headed back to the classroom! Well, kind of. For the 2020-21 school year, I'll be returning to the public school system as a Social Emotional Learning & Behavior Coach in a local elementary school after an (about) 2 year adventure as a special education consultant at a non profit. I'm nervous and thrilled.

Advice for the First Year Teacher

Thursday, July 9, 2020
Teaching! The best job, the hardest job. Seriously. I have been asked many times if I would recommend being a special educator to someone considering the field. My answer always has been and always will be YES - but only if you really know what you're getting in to :) There are a few jobs, but not many, that truly capture your heart like teaching. You can love your law practice, feel passionately about financial planning, and a dedicated store manager...but your entire heart and spirit get wrapped up in teaching. Because it's literally heart work, there are some major pitfalls that you can easily get stuck in - especially at the beginning. Here's a few pieces of advice for someone a little bit further down the path. 

Using the Klassroom App to Connect with Student Families

Monday, April 20, 2020

This collaboration is brought to you by Klassroom and features my unbiased experience using the app.

Distance learning is upon us. Sigh. As someone who works with teachers in many different school settings, I have found one commonality: overwhelm. We weren't trained for this, I am not tech-savvy enough to figure this out, I can't connect with families the way I need to, there's too many resources to sift through right now. IT'S A LOT - plus, we're coping with a woldwide pandemic.

Increasing Student Independence with Classroom Plants

Saturday, January 25, 2020

As special educators, we are always working to foster independence in our students, and have them leave our classrooms as independent as possible. When I was a classroom teacher, I had a classroom pet, as well as a few plants that were wonderful for students having natural and meaningful classroom jobs. As someone who loves plants but doesn't exactly have a "green thumb", we went through quite a few plants before we landed on a few that could survive in our classroom!

Caring for living things helps students stay engaged, build their self esteem, and can really help with community building as the class is working together and rooting for one common goal. 

The cool thing about plants is that they all require different things to thrive. The hard thing about plants is that they all require different things to thrive!!!! A double edged sword. Writing out directions for plants and giving students the responsibility to know what each plant needs is just another level of independence for them - in life we often have to read directions to know exactly how to do or care for something, so this is super functional!

Unpacking Executive Functioning Skills

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Everyone talks about executive functioning skills, but they often seem elusive, really abstract, and like a catch-all term. So, what ARE they and how do we target them if they are areas of need for our students?!

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