Special Educators Resource Room

Special Educators Resource Room

Special Educators Resource Room with Jennifer DeBrosse is the podcast for busy special education teachers. If you’re brand new to the world of special education or if you’re an experienced teacher, this podcast will provide time-saving solutions for any busy special educator.I’m on a mission to help you get your time back! Get ready to move things off your special educator plate without feeling like you have to live at school. I’m your host, Jennifer DeBrosse. I’m dual-certified, have been in education for over 25 years, and spent time in both the inclusion classroom and the resource room setting. I was also a special education instructional coach and mentor to hard-working educators just like you. Tune in each week for quick action-packed episodes. They will be short, sweet, and to the point because I know how busy you are. Let’s connect! You can find more special education support at:Positively Learning Blog (PS - while you’re there, be sure to grab the free Special Educators Cheat Sheets!)


March 29, 2023 8 min

Let's shower our paraprofessionals with appreciation on their special day AND all year long! It's quick and easy with these simple teacher appreciation gift ideas.
All of the ideas you'll learn in this podcast episode use a set of FREE printable sticky notes. Grab your own set here:

Free Paraprofessional Appreciation Download

Special education teachers, why wait for Paraprofessional Appreciatio...

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Saving time is always on special educators' minds, but is Chat GPT - or any AI tool - the right approach? I'm weighing in on this 🔥 topic!
In this episode, I'll be sharing 10 time-saving tips that Chat GPT suggested for special education teachers and then I'll be adding my own personal opinion about these tips!
Spoiler Alert: some are great and some are not for me!
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Data Collection is... a lot. I promise I'm not adding MORE to your plate,  but instead sharing some ideas for using basic skills checklists as part of your regular data tracking. Learn how these checklists can help move things along even faster as you're able to gain a more holistic approach.
Special Educators  - be sure to listen to the end for a major time-saving BONUS tip!

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Special Educators, task box overwhelm is real! If the idea of choosing the right tasks to meet your students' need is keeping you from getting started, these tips are for you
These quick action tips will help you align tasks with your students' IEP goals and objectives, plus leave room for building independence. Try out 1, 2, or all the tips this week in your classroom!

Looking for low prep tasks? Check out t...

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March 1, 2023 11 min

As a special educator, have you ever had to explain why an accommodation is important (and must be followed)? This podcast episode will give you ideas! 
We'll walk through the four categories of accommodations, plus dive into five common accommodations. 

Looking for more details? 
Check out the show notes:

If you're a...

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IEP Snapshots - a.k.a.: IEP at a Glance. Are they a need or a want? In this episode of the Special Educators Resource Room, I'll be sharing all the reasons to provide an IEP snapshot AND some considerations on when NOT to use them!

Check out the show notes - there's examples of an IEP at a glance snapshot, details on what to include, and a link to a how-to video to create one today! 


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Accommodations vs Modifications. Although these special education terms may be used in the same conversation between team members at the IEP meeting table, they are VERY different things! It’s important to understand the difference between the two and the impacts they have on an individual student receiving specialized services.

Check out the show notes for more details AND examples of accommodations and modifications:

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Test Prep - Should we teach these skills or not?
Please note that as I share what test prep steps look like, I'm speaking from my experience working with K-2 students. So many feelings come up when even thinking about having to teach these skills, however testing is a non-negotiable for many school districts.

This engaging test prep includes best practices for whenever our students want to put their best foot forward!


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February 1, 2023 11 min

Do you use visuals to support students in your classroom? I'm convinced visuals save lives, lol! But seriously, I can't imagine teaching without the support of visuals in the special education classroom setting.
In this episode, I'm sharing best practices for using visuals with individual students and small groups, PLUS some creative ideas to refer to visuals throughout the busy school day. I can't wai...

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Are you coteaching in the inclusion classroom this year? Let's step beyond the six models of coteaching and talk about what's REALLY going to work for your coteacher partnership!

Be sure to hop over to the show notes here and read more:

Need Coteaching help YESTERDAY? 

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January 18, 2023 11 min

Special educators know that there are so many different ways to track student progress through data collection. This episode dives into ancedotal notes and how to make sure this type of data SPEAKS loudly at the next IEP meeting. 

The tips I'm sharing on taking anecdotal notes come from a variety of perspectives I've had over the years - special educator, special education instructional coach, and IEP advocate. 


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Welcome back to the classroom after a much-needed break... whether it was winter break, spring break, or maybe a fun-filled weekend!

Let’s talk about what exactly you're supposed to be doing in the special education classroom setting after a break. Pick up where you left off? Start something new? Or go back to basics? There are so many choices! 

I'm sharing 9 tips on transitioning back into classroom routines (and...

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Are you trying to figure out how to make sure you and your paraprofessionals are on the same page but just don’t have the time to put a massive binder or training together? I have just the solution for you! I am sharing how you can create a training binder for your paraprofessionals that will leave no room for misunderstanding or miscommunication.

In this episode, I am covering what information from your school or district website t...

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Do you have an absolute favorite method for collecting data? There are so many different tools you can use for data collection. Whether you prefer paper and pencil or digital, you have plenty of options to find what works best for you and your students!

In today’s episode, I am diving into the different types of digital and paper data collection tools, pros and cons of each type, and what I found worked best for me and my students.


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Have you found yourself sitting at the IEP meeting table feeling incredibly nervous and dreading having to speak? IEP meetings can be incredibly nerve wracking no matter how many you have been a part of. My first few years as a special educator, I was so intimidated that I struggled to share the information I needed to share. I don’t want you to feel the way I did!

In this episode, I am sharing what I did to become a more confident ...

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If you're a busy special education teacher looking for tips, tricks, and resources to save you precious time, I've got you covered! I'm here to help you regain your confidence in the classroom and feel calm and collected as a special educator.

Tune in every Wednesday for practical tips, tools, and the support you need to to THRIVE in the classroom.

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