Wow! One month in...it has been such a whirlwind! Meeting my new students, teaching them routines, getting systems set up (behavior, communication, etc.) for kids who are having trouble interacting with the typical routines, having IEPs, meeting with parents, hiring and training new paraprofessionals, etc. Oh yea, and teaching! Sadly though, not blogging very much. My apologies. This week, I'm going to go through and take lots of pictures of the systems that I have set up for students for you to see. Feel free to comment with your requests for specific systems you'd like to see.
Why the focus on systems? Because some very brilliant people have spent a lot of time organizing and reorganizing the systematic way in which content and skills should be taught and have written them up as standards to guide instruction. Inclusive special education has sometimes become a filtering down of those standards on a day-by-day or week-by-week basis. I work with my colleagues to develop systematic instruction that connects with the general education curriculum but that has a strong strand of repetitive, systematic instruction as well.
Just a preview of coming attractions....can't wait for you all to see what I've been up to in the last month!