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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

New Beginnings!

Welcome to my blog! I am a BRAND NEW special education teacher...so new that I haven't even started teaching yet. My job does not start until the fall (I was lucky enough to get a job offer and sign a contract in January right after completing my moderate to severe credential and student teaching.) I am currently substitute teaching and planning and brainstorming and creating products for my future kiddos. My classroom will be a 3rd-5th moderate to severe classroom. 

I recently created a Special Education Unit Overview. You can find the plan here. I plan on using the overview as a guide to my planning for the 2014-2015 school year. I wanted to simply take the time to explain a bit about my plan. 

The first two pages of the plan contain the unit overview. I wanted my students to be exposed to classic age-appropriate literature. I want someone to walk into my classroom and be able to know that it is a 3rd-5th grade classroom-not a pre-k or kindergarten even though my students might be performing at that level. We will be studying Charlotte's Web, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Rides Again, Little Red Riding Hood, The Secret Garden, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. With that said, I will have to find or create adapted versions of each book in order for them to be appropriate for my students. Besides being exposed to classic literature, I have included unit topics that are applicable to everyday living. For example, my first unit is centered around colors and my second unit is centered around farm animals. I want the things taught and learned in my classroom to applicable to day to day living. 

The next section of the unit overview contains standards sheets. Standards for students with moderate to severe disabilities? Yes! National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) has modified the Common Core State Standards for students with significant disabilities. They are called CORE CONTENT CONNECTORS. The standards sheets reference the CORE CONTENT CONNECTORS. 

You can find out more about the work that NCSC is doing (and the states that are partnering with them) here and y
ou can find the CORE CONTENT CONNECTORS here

NOTE: I updated it on 7/6/15 so it looks a bit different than what you see here, but the basics are the same!

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