Monday, July 7, 2014

SpEd Blog Hop w/ Tales of a Carolina Girl

I LOVE LOVE LOVE when I can find new teacher bloggers, especially when they are special education teachers and have been teaching for less than 5 years.  I enjoy it because they are in the same boat I'm in.  We are new to the teaching world and may also be new to the blogging world, but we are all researching, learning and networking with other teachers and educators who love to share their experiences, tips and advice. Today I'm linking up with Jamie from Tales of a Carolina Girl.  She has created a Special Educator Bloghop! So jump on over to her blog, grab this button and link up! 

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  • Name: Michelle
  • Job Title: Specialized Support Teacher (students with moderate to severe disabilities and multiple disabilities) 
  • Grade: Middle School (6th-8th)
  • How Long I've Been Teaching: This will be my 2nd year as a special education teacher, also my 2nd year teaching. 
  • Advice: Since I just finished my first year of teaching, there are a million things I can tell new special education teachers.  In a nutshell: network with other teachers (via your campus/district or the internet/blogging), be prepared to make mistakes (don't be afraid to learn from them), this job is hard and exhausting...but the joys and accomplishments outweigh the hard work! 

If you want to read all of my advice and tips for 1st year teachers, you can follow my summer series: ABCs of a first year teacher! 
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14-15 Back to School Goals

I'm linking up with I {heart} Recess to share my Back to School goals for the 2014-2015 school year.  If you have some goals you want to share with the blogging world...head on over to I {heart} recess and link up! 

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  • Personal: I have tried extremely hard this summer to get into a habit of working out.  I still struggle with 'not wanting' to go work out. I have noticed I feel better, have more energy and I'm in a better mood.  I know I 'need' to workout, but making it into a routine is something I will continue to work on this summer.  I also want to cook at home more during the school year.  I tend to get lazy & go eat out...which leads to an increased salt intake, more bread and delicious sugary drinks! These things I have been trying to reduce and avoide since I started 3 weeks no cheats. I think if I can cook at home, I can control the types of food I eat. In order for all of this to be accomplished, I need to leave school between 4 and 4:15.  I can workout for an hour (4:30-5:30), and make it home to make dinner by 5:45ish.

  • Organization: I struggled last year as a first year teacher to collect, analyze and use data in a productive way.  My goal for this year is to find a better system that is effective for me and my assistants.  I also am deciding to get rid of my teacher desk.  I hardly ever used it and it became a dumping ground for EVERYTHING!  Read about my teacher desk and my reasoning behind getting rid of it. 

  • Professional: I plan to be more professional with staff and parents this year when dealing with stressful situations. I also want to keep track of my paperwork and documents better than last year, which goes in had with my Organization goal above.

  • Students: Last year, it seemed like it took over a semester to REALLY get to know my students.  This year I want to know my students behaviors, communication modalities, sensory needs likes/dislikes/needs, etc. before the first progress report is sent out.  In order to do this, I have already collaborated with the 5th grade teachers to learn about my incoming 6th graders.  This helps put me on the right track for my 4 new kiddos.  Once school starts, I will collaborate with the parents and use my beginning of the year survey  to help me learn any other useful info about my new students. 
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  • Motto: During student teaching, our first assignment was to create a 'coat of arms.'  the coat of arms was to represent ourselves as a teacher.  We needed to include 2 hobbies, an animal that represented you, and your motto. In my coat of arms I included a camera(I like photography), a girl coloring (I like crafting) and seal (representing my personality).  At the bottom I put a banner with mixed up rubik cube on the left and solved rubik cube on the right. (I love Rubk's cubes and I have a large collection of them). In the middle of the banner I included: Patience, Persistence and Passion. I believe these 3 traits make up every special education teacher.  You need patience with every child, persistence to try and try again and passion that every student will succeed. 

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Hey crafty teachers...

Hey crafty teachers, I thought I would share something fun for those of us who want to take a break from the printing, laminating, cutting, target shopping and curriculum mapping.

Do you crochet, knit, embroider, etc? This month over at, there will be a 'Tour de Loop' event for all who want to participate.  

All you have to do is knit/crochet/embroider for 1 hour a day from July 5th to July 27th 2014! Then you can share and discuss your crafty plans & ideas on the Fresh Stitches Ravelry group. 

Jump on over to Fresh Stitches and grab this button to share on your blog/Instagram/twitter and start looping away! 
If you have wanted to learn to knit or crochet, check out my Pinterest board to get you started and join us for The Tour de Loop!
Follow Michelle's board Scissors, Glue, paint, Sew, crochet & more on Pinterest.

You can follow me on Instagram or my Ravelry to see my Tour de Loop projects. I'll also be sharing my crochet creations on here...for now I'll leave you with the zombie Amigurumi I am finishing up for my Fiance'.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

July TpT sale & July Currently (2014)

Since I'll be talking about what I'm currently doing, I wanted to add-I just posted a sale on my TpT store!! Everything is 15% off, which puts all of my items below $5! Go stock up on some awesome SpEd files & have a safe & fun 4th of July!

  • Listening to my Pandora mix station. Pandora has been attached to my hip this summer. I'm thinking about upgrading and paying to get rid of those annoying ads!
  • Loving summer! I just wish it wasn't as hot. When I take my puppy out for a walk I feel I'm putting her through torture! 
    Olive, my Scottish terrier 
  • Thinking I need to finish up my dress for 4th of July tomorrow. I whipped it up last night and just need to trim the bottom & hem it! :) 

  • Wanting new laminating pouches so I can finish my 'never shrinking to-laminate pile.'
  • Needing to eat lunch.  As I'm typing my stomach started to growl.  Guess that means it's time to find some food! 
  • 4th plans: I'm going to wear my new dress, go visit my family back home in Leakey, Texas.  We'll be watching the annual fireworks show in Utopia, Texas.  Also, eating dinner with my fiance' as we celebrate our 4 year anniversary! 
Make your own July Currently & share it on the linky with Oh Boy 4th Grade! 

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Two for Tuesday

List two of your TpT items for 50% off & link up with The Teaching Tribune!

Okay, seriously...How is it already July!! School will be back in session in a month and a half! I need to get some non-teacher thoughts in my head, so I'll make this post quick so I can jump back into my vacay.

Last week, I shared a post  E is for Emergencies. I talked about my social stories for a fire drill, bad weather drill and lock down.  Today I'm offering the social stories & questions 50% with The Teaching Tribune's Linky! 

Have a great Tuesday! 
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