Friday, August 4, 2017

Good much paperwork!

Happy Friday! 

I have to admit, I'm jealous of some of you that are still in 100% summer mode. I hope you continue to enjoy your time off until the very last second possible! 

Unforetnuley, the rest of us are gearing up for back to school season. Prepping our rooms, sweating our caseloads and fighting tooth and nail to get support and resources to make the school year a smidge easier. 

I'm here today to share a new idea I had when sorting through my new caseload this year. I know how overwhelming it can be to be handed a caseload and expect to know the kid before even meeting them. 

***Honest truth right here: When I first began teaching, I was given 14 IEPs (each with a minimum of 35 pages) for my self-contained classroom. I knew the importance of the documents but I was trying to balance remembering passwords for 8 different district programs, policies, and procedures of my new school and district.  I was also trying to survive without any money! I hadn't worked in 8 months due to student teaching and I wouldn't get my first paycheck until a month AFTER school started. etc. etc. You get the picture. Do you think those IEPs were read? 

Sadly no. I skimmed them...if that counts, but couldn't really tell you about each kid.  I was LOST! There was so much info in that pile of paper I didn't know where to start or what was the most important thing to focus on.

Have you felt the same? Or Feeling this way right now? 

If so, hopefully, this workflow sheet will help! Here's what I do: