I can't remember the exact moment that I decided to become a special education teacher. I do remember being interested in the subject, applying the material learned like it was second nature, and being able to retain information pertaining to the field far better than other topics. After announcing my decision to my parents, my … Continue reading About The Author – A Teacher’s Tale
This is a loaded title. But an easy second place title is: Happy Teachers Balance Their Budgets, or Happy People Balance Their Budgets. Teachers are not going to magically get paid more this year. And next year doesn't look any more promising. With Christmas right around the corner, it's hard not to overspend. In fact, … Continue reading Awesome Teachers Work To Balance Their Budgets
Teachers are upset. They are displeased with their work conditions. Here are details from recent strikes: Chicago, West Virginia, or California. The teacher profession is under attack. Teachers are mandated to teach very specific curriculum, expected to produce nearly impossible results, take all of the heat from a struggling system, and then are paid like … Continue reading Awesome Teachers Focus On One Aspect Of Their Job To Advocate For (GMTT – #10)
Teachers don't have time for some crappy part-time job that's going to add a bunch of stress. We're stressed enough, thank you. But making ends meet (especially at the Holidays) is difficult. An easy way to do that is by adding in a part-time job. So I have taken the best paying part-time retail gigs … Continue reading 10 Best Retail Seasonal Part-Time Jobs For Teachers and Professionals
I realized as I started this project that this list could become counter productive. Many teachers feel so overwhelmed that a big list of ways to to improve, even SMALL ways, can seem like an impossible task. Never fear though, I have written several steps to help keep you in a growth mindset. And if … Continue reading Awesome Teachers Remember They Can’t Do Everything Every Week (GMTT-#6)
Third grade IEP goal bank! These are broken down based on the common core curriculum. You can always adapt them to be more or less standardized!
I'm going to be 100% honest here, when I have taught all day, and wrangled children, and dealt with hard coworkers, and barely have had time to use the restroom or eat... the last thing I want to do is call up an unknown parent and shoot the breeze. And I definitely don't want talk … Continue reading Awesome Teachers Make Personal Connections With Student Families (GMTT – #3)
Special education... Ah. The best and worst B.S. out there. We love it, we need it, and we hate it. In this article you will never read "public school" special education is B.S... because the special ed. crap certainly is not limited to public schools. And some public schools actually do have their crap together. … Continue reading This Is Why Traditional Special Education Practices Are Bull S*#@
Hey there. I need to be straight with teachers. We are really sucking at helping parents access our digital classroom tools. I know. You're busy. You're underpaid. You've got way too many kids to keep a handle on. And parents need to take responsibility for their own children. And sometimes parents need to back off … Continue reading Teachers: We Kind Of Suck At Helping Parents Access Digital Classwork And We Can Fix It!