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?!


Thank You Notes for Donors Made Easy

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

As special educators, we know so many of us spend hours of our time crafting perfectly worded DonorsChoose.org projects, GoFundMe requests, and grant applications. Our students need so many specialized materials like sensory tools, leveled book sets, orthopedic equipment, communication supports, seating accommodations... the list goes on. Our schools (sometimes) fund what they can, but it's hard with many of our school budgets that just don't meet the needs. 

During my years in the classroom I was a DonorsChoose.org QUEEN - I am talking thousands and thousands of dollars of projects funded for my classrooms. I became so well versed in writing projects and maintaining the requirements like a well oiled machine. You can check out some of my tips here. One of the most time consuming parts of the projects is creating thank you notes for donors. It's so necessary, but it can be hard to find the time and find the right way to accommodate thank you notes so they're authentically from your students.

I created some simple and engaging thank you notes for my students to complete so we could send meaningful yet quick thank yous out to the amazing individuals who donated to our classroom.
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