Spotlight on Special Ed

Posted by Eddie Phillipps on 9/7/2018 1:05:00 AM

Start the year right with these back-to-school tips

Rested? Check.
Relaxed? Check.
Rockin’ tan? Check.

Now that your summer checklist is complete, it’s time to start a whole new one. The first day of school is rapidly approaching. Whether you’re saying “How exciting!” or “How can that be?!” it’s a good idea to go over a few things and make sure you are prepared for the best start.

We spoke with numerous educators and they gave us some wonderful tips for preparing yourself for the beginning of the school year.

  • Come in early. Don't wait until the last minute. Take the time to set up the room before the fun begins.
  • Contact parents. Reach out and tell them how excited you are to work with their children this year.
  • Color code your inventory. We’re all guilty of saying, “What, where did I put that again?” A system of organization will help you track down materials faster, so that you can get back to what you do best.
  • Schedule your deadlines. Be prepared, rather than surprised, when a deadline begins to approach.
  • Develop a month of lesson plans. Whether it's paperwork or an unexpected turn of events, there can be hurdles at the beginning of any school year. Having your lesson plan taken care of is one less thing to worry about.
  • Work yourself into your own schedule. Because you focus so much on  your students, this can be the hardest part! Be sure to carve out time to cook a healthy meal or go to the gym. Your body will thank you in the long run.

But what if you don't work in the typical classroom setting like folks in OT/PT, BVISP, Deaf/Hard of Hearing or Speech Language? No worries, we’ve got you covered as well.

  • Make your car your zen place. For the road warriors out there, this is key. Keep anything you need in trunk and load up your phone with your favorite traveling playlists. You never know when traffic will snarl.
  • Become familiar with your surroundings. Learn the layout of buildings you are assigned to. And remember: School secretaries and other staff are your friends. Get familiar with them.
  • Wear comfortable clothing. Those six-inch heels in the closet might look great for a wedding, but probably don't work well if you are on your feet and interacting with students all day.


Good luck to all of the educators out there and have a great school year!