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The Special Educator’s Reflective Calendar and Planning Journal
Motivation, Inspiration, and Affirmation



November 2008 | 152 pages | Corwin

"I am in awe of the innovative, relevant, and incredible motivational ideas! This tool addresses many of the most challenging areas of special education and provides strategies, guides, and daily reflections that educators need to continue or reignite the passion that called them to serve as special educators."
—Mary Beth Schafer, Special Education Consultant

Retain your love of teaching and reduce stress through daily reflection and planning!

Refining organizational and time management skills while taking time to reflect on practice can be a challenge for any busy, calendar-driven special education teacher. Following a format similar to the authors' best-selling resource for general education teachers, this concise guide helps special educators plan ahead, manage daily priorities, increase their instructional effectiveness, and nurture their own professional development.

Written by experienced special educators, this daily planning journal takes novice and seasoned professionals from August through July with tips, affirmations, action items, and space for daily to-do lists. Reflective prompts address critical issues such as:

  • Working with parents
  • Advocacy for students with special needs
  • Building team rapport with staff
  • Writing and implementing IEPs

Use The Special Educator's Reflective Calendar and Planning Journal to advance your growth as a special education teacher and develop skills that will have a positive impact on students' learning and performance.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. August: Looking Ahead to a New School Year
 
2. September: Building Team Rapport With Staff Through Consultation and Collaboration
 
3. October: Working Effectively With Parents
 
4. November: Writing and Applying Effective and Meaningful IEPs
 
5. December: Keeping Focused and Organized
 
6. January: Utilizing the Principles of Specialized Instruction
 
7. February: Maintaining Your Ideals Through Reflection and Action
 
8. March: Finding the Support and Strength You Need to Do Your Job
 
9. April: Working With Administrators and the Greater Community
 
10. May: Managing the Stress of Closing Out the School Year
 
11. June: Looking at the Big Picture: Viewing Your Career Long-Term
 
12. July: Finding Summer Renewal

"I am in awe of the innovative, relevant, and incredible motivational ideas! This tool takes many of the most difficult and challenging areas of special education and provides strategies, guides, and daily reflections that educators need to continue or reignite the passion that called them to serve as special educators."

Mary Beth Schafer, Special Education Consultant

"This calendar contains helpful hints that address all aspects of a teacher’s life. Where was this calendar when I graduated college?"

Beverly Levitt, Special Education Teacher
Round Lake School District 116, IL

"Makes daily tasks easier to remember and complete. It also provides the important opportunity for teachers to assist students with special needs and allow them to progress as much as possible."

Sharonjoy A. Jackson, President-Elect, Illinois Council for Exceptional Children
Past President, CEC Pioneers Division

"The authors highlight the importance of developing a habit of mind for special educators to make a note of their daily observations and reflections about a frustration experienced, a successful new idea they tried, or something new they learned or plan on learning. Teacher candidates, teachers, and teacher educators will find this tool extremely beneficial."

Sarup R. Mathur, Clinical Professor and Cluster Chair for Special Education Curriculum and Instruction
Arizona State University
Key features
  • Week-to-week calendar offers daily professional tips and affirmations
  • Journaling format provides room to record "to do" reminders, goals, and reflections
  • Monthly themes address common concerns of special educators:
    • Working with parents
    • Advocating for students
    • Building team rapport with staff
    • Writing and applying IEPs
    • Delivering specialized instruction at all levels, and much more

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

August


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