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This will be my first year teaching. I will have my own classroom and will be teaching language arts and social studies(special education). I am starting from scratch. Any suggestions on what I should absolutely have in my room? Maps, signs, etc. Will take any words of encouragement as well. Thanks

Jul 14, 2014 1:07pm

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    • Jul 19, 2014 10:54am

      Any student teaching or teacher education background?

      • Jul 20, 2014 2:50am

        Congratulations! You definitely need a lot of visuals for SPED. As you set up your routine, take a picture of them (you-teacher, backpack-where to put, computers, lunch or any activities or centers you have). Pictures of your classroom rules, etc. Have fun! and Welcome to a wonderful profession.

        • Jul 27, 2014 7:18am

          Congrats! I can't stress enough how helpful it is to design your learning environment using the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). For example, always posting standards, setting up easy access to assistive technologies, multiple tools for construction and composition, scaffolding tools (graphic organizers, different levels of text, etc...) will make the whole year run smoothly. You can learn more about UDL in general from:

          There are also some great books about UDL from practitioners. Check out one or more of the following:

          UDL Now!: A Teacher's Monday-Morning Guide to Implementing Common Core Standards Using Universal Design for Learning

          Design and Deliver: Planning and Teaching Using Universal Design for Learning

          Universal Design for Learning in the Classroom: Practical Applications (What Works for Special-Needs Learners

          Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice