Clever Ways To Stay Positive As A Special Educator

In the broken world we live in, it can be very challenging to remain positive as an educator. As a special education teacher, we are given the most needy students. That makes it especially difficult to create a positive classroom. BUT, it is possible! Here are some tips for staying positive to create a better environment for us and the students.

In the broken world we live in, it can be very challenging to remain positive as an educator. As a special education teacher, we are given the most needy students. That makes it especially difficult to create a positive classroom. BUT, it is possible! Here are some tips for staying positive to create a better environment for us and the students.

Data Collection: Figuring Out The Details

While special education teachers realize how important data collection is, it is one of the areas teachers tell me they struggle with the most. These tips will help you organize, collect and analyze data.

While special education teachers realize how important data collection is, it is one of the areas teachers tell me they struggle with the most. These tips will help you organize, collect and analyze data.

Know The Type Of Data You Need

The first step in setting up a data collection system is to find out which types of data you need to collect. Here are some examples:

Tips For Designing An Effective Classroom Set-Up

Designing an effective classroom set up is important because it can help increase attention to task, decrease behaviors and create a natural flow. Many times, our students are highly distractable. There are things we can do to the classroom environment to make it EASIER for them to attend, self-regulate and learn. 

Designing an effective classroom set up is important because it can help increase attention to task, decrease behaviors and create a natural flow. Many times, are students are highly distractable. There are things we can do to the classroom environment to make it EASIER for them to attend, self-regulate and learn.

Begin by taking inventory of the furniture that you have available that can naturally be used as boundaries to create individual and group work spaces. When choosing which furniture you are going to use as boundaries, think about these things:

Frog And Pond Life Activities For Hands On Learners

Many of my students don't have a lot of back ground knowledge to draw on in school. These hands on activities help students build a deeper understanding of the science and language concepts.

Many of my students don't have a lot of back ground knowledge to draw on in school. These hands on activities help students build a deeper understanding of the science and language concepts.


To begin, we start with our frog and pond word wall cards to introduce vocabulary and concepts. Our unit runs for 2 weeks, so I usually focus on 10 word wall card per week.