Special Educators Resource Room

Special Educators Resource Room

Special Educators Resource Room with Jennifer DeBrosse is the podcast for busy special education teachers. Whether you’re brand new to the world of special education or an experienced teacher, this podcast will provide time-saving solutions for any busy special educator. 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. I’m on a mission to help you get your time back! 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!)

Episodes

February 21, 2024 7 mins

Special Educators, let's get nosy! Sometimes the very best professional development comes from each other, not workshops or textbooks. In this episode, learn more about what other special educators are talking about and using in their classrooms.

Want to keep learning from each other?
Be sure to join the Special Educators Resource Room Facebook community here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/599918080857066<...

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Tips for setting paraprofessional expectations - where does a special educator begin? The great news is that you don't need to start from scratch! In this episode, you'll learn exactly what you'll want to make sure is included and the best tips for communicating roles and expectations with support staff in the special education setting.

Be sure to hop over and check out the blog post for more ideas in actio...

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Special Educators, do you struggle balancing IEP goals and general education requirements? How do you find time for all the testing accommodations?
This is an area I found difficult and I was always reflecting on how I can keep the focus where it belongs - on students! 
In this episode of Special Educators Resource Room, I'm sharing exactly what daily instruction looked like in the resource room setting. It was BUSY, b...

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Mindfulness in the Classroom - Is it the missing ingredient to behavior management? In this episode, learn why adding mindfulness strategies could have a dramatic positive impact on your classroom and enhance any incentive, behavior plan, and system you may already have in place.
Be sure to click over to the blog post show notes to see practical suggestions and real-life examples of incorporating mindfulness into everyday inte...

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Welcome to your next IEP Meeting - led by your students!  It's time to amplify ALL students' voices. This episode gives you a behind the scenes look at preparing even our youngest students to become active participants in IEP meetings and take control of their educational goals.

Be sure to check out the blogpost: Student Led IEP Meetings for more actionable steps and preparation ideas to support both your studen...

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Google Forms can be an amazing tool for special educators! Digital data collection makes it easy to collect, analyze, and collaborate important information. 
This episode dives into all the pros (and cons) to using digital Google Forms as part of your busy role as a special educator. Be sure to follow the links to get started!

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Special Educators - you're invited! Join the free Task Box Taylor-Made Challenge that starts soon! This BONUS podcast episode has all the details about the upcoming free event for busy teachers interested in independent work systems. 

Follow this link to sign up for free and not miss a thing!

Be sure to request...

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January 10, 2024 11 mins

Hey Special Educators! We're keeping it real about working with paraprofessionals. This new episode breaks down the essentials of building a solid team with your classroom's unsung heroes. You'll get straight-to-the-point advice on setting clear expectations, empowering  paras and support staff, and maintaining open communication.

Ready to ditch the micromanaging and boost your classroom vibe? Dive in and di...

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Happy New Year!
Do you make resolutions and set new goals each year? This episode is NOT about resolutions, but instead about choosing one little word to guide you through the new year. Listen to my word and how I'll be using it - feel free to borrow it OR choose your own from the many suggestions in this episode!

Be sure to hop over to the blogpost for more new year inspiration and ideas:

https://positiv...

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Special education isolation is real - have you ever felt stranded on an island? Maybe it's all PDs you're sitting through or maybe it's the weekly PLC meetings - have you ever wondered "None of this aligns with what my students need!"

This podcast episode shares the value of an education community and extends an invitiation to get off the island of isolation!

Please consider joining our c...

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December 20, 2023 12 mins

A new I.E.P. just dropped on your teacher desk! Now what?
This episode walks through the exact 3 steps I took as a special educator. Not only will these steps help you internalize all the important information and understand the IEP goals and objectives, they will also save you time when it comes to quarterly IEP Report Cards. 

Important links from Special Educators Resource Room Episode 53:

Google Quizzes <...

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Special educators - it's time to celebrate! We are wrapping up a long year AND 52 episodes of the Special Educators Resource Room. Thank you for your support all year long!
This podcast episode is full of helpful links just for you! Be sure to click and bookmark so you can come back and grab the special education goodies when you're ready.

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Calling all BUSY special education teachers! If the idea of setting up a task box independent work system sounds overwhelming - this episode is for YOU!
Learn the FOUR things you need and exactly how to set up a task box system for students of all ages. When I say "less is more" throughout this episode - I really mean it!

Keep the momentum going - you can do this!

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November 29, 2023 8 mins

Keeping classroom routines during the holiday season does NOT mean you can't celebrate with your students. This episode is packed with ideas to find the balance between enjoying special times and sensory overload.

Check out this "craft" printable bundle that will help all students participate in themes and fun:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Easy-Crafts-for-Special-Education-All-Year-...

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November 22, 2023 11 mins

What is a Behavior Toolkit and why do you need one? This new podcast episode is just for your special educators! Learn exactly what needs to go into your behavior toolkit and how it will be a huge help for your own classroom, as well as a resource for your school.

Ready to see the toolkit in action?

Check it out the Behavior Toolkit here:
https://positivelylearningblog.com/behavior-toolkit-for-teachers/

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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.

Grab your FREE Special Educators Cheat Sheets at po...

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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.

Grab your FREE Special Educators Cheat Sheets at po...

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This important podcast episode starts with a big apology to all paraprofessionals. If you're a special educator who supports staff in the classroom, this is a MUST-LISTEN episode! 

Links 🔗 mentioned in the episode:

If you're a busy special education teacher looking for tips, tricks...

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IEP Progress Reports are a BIG to-do every quarter, but there are some tips to make it run smoothly! The best news about these time-saving ideas is that it just gets better - every quarter you'll get faster with this streamlined system!

Check out this blogpost for all the IEP Progress Reports ideas in one place and be sure to check out the report card comment bank:

https://positivelylearningblog.com/iep-prog...

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Small groups are a part of every special educator's schedule, but what do you do when every student in your group seems to need something completely different? Maybe it's accommodations, goals, levels... how do you meet a variety of needs all at the SAME time?
In this episode, you'll learn about teaching "Groups Within Groups" - an effective strategy for planning and teaching students in the small grou...

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