Friday, July 26, 2013

Tips for New Special Ed Teachers: Getting Organized with Your Lesson Plans

At my school, I use my lesson plans to stay organized and to show that I am working towards my students’ IEP goals. In most counties, lesson plans are a requirement and are checked often by administrators.

Although my lesson plan format is tweaked often because of new services being altered through annual IEPs, I usually stick to the same type of format throughout the year. I create these templates as soon as my schedule is set in stone.
I have a few e-mails about lesson plans on my blog, so I figured other new SPED teachers might be wondering the same thing!
First I make my own week at a glance lesson plans that look something like this.

These are typically the lesson plans that I carry on my clipboard throughout the day. I like that I can see the whole entire week, and I usually just type in and have a lot that stays pretty routine weekly, such as "OG lesson number ___" and I just fill in the info quickly as needed!

I also make a daily routine checklist to carry with me so I am sure not to forget any of the little daily to-dos. This routine checklist is also good to have on hand for substitutes.

these are not my real students :)
Something I create at the beginning of the year and leave in my lesson plan binder are my class-focused lesson plans. These focus on one particular time period during the day and the students who are present in the class at the time period and their individual IEP goals I focus on during that time. THESE are the plans I leave for my substitutes, as they have much more detail than the full week’s view.

there are not real students :)

I have found that with lesson plans, you just have to find a format you like and make it fit your needs! I would absolutely adore to get an Erin Condren planner, but it is just not possible with the SPED scheduling frenzy!
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