Finding effective strategies and resources is an ongoing process for special education teachers. The continuous changes in the field, before and during COVID has made it harder to keep up on new studies, research, and new technologies. For student teachers the learning curve is bigger than ever before. Check out some of the new resources that I have reviewed that you might find helpful.
Great Resources for Special Education
- I have recommended Teacher Vision before but not with a focus on special education needs. This site is divided into easy to read/use sections with links for classroom management, educational technology, assessment accommodations, and instructional strategies. Printed materials, activities, books, and charts are available to adapt and supplement your classroom materials. If I had 1 site to choose to find ways to support my students, this would be it.
- Do2Learn provides thousands of free pages that will help students improve on social skills, behavior, and academics. Resources include many activities to support social, emotional, and academic needs of students. Be sure to check out the extensive resources for preschool students.
- The National Center for Learning Disabilities can help further your knowledge on many types of learning disabilities Do not be scared off by the front-page focus on legislation issues. There are many videos and articles to improve parent-teacher relationships, assistive technology and Individualized Education Programs (IEP) and 504 Plans.
- Keeping up on latest research and special education laws by state can be tiresome. Check out The Education Commission of the States for every state. New York Friends here is the link to NYS Education Special Education website.
Learning Disabilities Online provides information to help children with learning abilities achieve their full potential. There are many links to instructional strategies, information, and solutions for teaching issues.
Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.