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Contributing to the Profession

Contributing to the Profession:  Grade Level/Content Specific Resources

A:    When working in Special Education, it is imperative that you remain organized as there are a lot of little details pertaining to each individual student.  To help organize all of this information, I found the following worksheet to be very helpful.  I did make some modifications to fit the specific needs of my students, but this worksheet was the core to helping me organize my caseload more effectively.    To see an image of the resource, please check this link.  (https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-qUjoE_exKqQzgxVFZBN0NQUE0)

B:  I really enjoy reading and learning new things.  I also like to get various perspectives on new approaches to teaching, or other issues I may encounter in my profession.  For this reason, I subscribe to, and follow on social media, a great resource called Edutopia.  (edutopia.org).  I have found so many helpful articles  and blogs on edutopia that provide me various perspectives and endless ideas and resources to help me with more challenging students as well as how to better myself as an educator.  This is a must have resource for all your teaching needs.

C:  During the year I was faced with a troubled student who had behavioral difficulties in each of their classes.  In order to properly address the need for their behavioral improvements, a behavior goal was created on their IEP.  I used this form (modified for their specific goals) to get feedback from the teachers and the student themselves on how they were progressing towards achieving their behavior goal.  This is an easy form for teachers to complete as they don't have much time to fill out a form either daily or weekly, and it also is great because it provides a break down of what Excellent, Ok, and Poor is so it is not left up to the teacher to guess which each category means.

(https://www.thoughtco.com/behavior-contracts-for-a-weekly-contract-3110506)

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