Episode 16: 12 Tips for First-Year Special Education Teachers

Check out the full podcast to learn everything you need to know about how to make your first year as a special education teacher successful.

Episode Summary:

In this episode, Lisa discusses 12 tips for first-year special education teachers. Starting your first year as a special education teacher can be daunting, especially when unfamiliar with the students, staff, and school environment. Join us as we share invaluable insights gained from 16 years of experience in self-contained special education classrooms. In this episode, we unveil our top 12 tips to empower new teachers at the beginning of the school year, covering essential strategies from building relationships with support staff to setting up effective schedules and communication systems.

Episode Highlights:

Episode Highlights:

  • Connecting with Support Staff
    • Learn why forming strong relationships with custodial staff, cafeteria workers, secretaries, and nurses is vital for navigating your first year.
  • Organizing IEPs for Efficiency
    • Discover practical methods for organizing and highlighting IEPs, ensuring crucial information is easily accessible for all team members.
  • Setting Expectations for Paraprofessionals
    • Understand the importance of establishing clear expectations with paraprofessionals early on to foster a collaborative and supportive classroom environment.
  • Mastering Classroom Scheduling and Setup
    • Gain insights into crafting effective classroom schedules and physical layouts that optimize learning environments for special education students.

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