Your child’s special education teacher could be awesome. She could be a good communicator, an avid blogger, and a great instructor. He could be intelligent, kind, and caring.
But likely, your child’s special education teacher also has to be self-motivated and a great reader. Why? Because a special education teacher can NEVER have enough training.
And… the school district is only going to send your child’s special education teacher to so many trainings, conferences, or professional development opportunities.
So, what should he/she be reading?
Blogs, articles, tweets…
AND books like these:
Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew by Ellen Notbohm
Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew by Ellen Notbohm
The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A
The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun, Revised Edition: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.
The New Social Story Book by Carol Gray
Thinking in Pictures and Other Reports of My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin
Roadmap to Holland: How I Found My Way Through my Son’s First Two Years with Down Syndrome by Jennifer Graf Groneberg
Teaching Math to People with Down Syndrome and Other Hands-On Learners by DeAnna Horstmeier
Writing Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives by Barbara D. Bateman
Classroom Instruction that Works by Robert Marzano
1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism or Asperger’s by Ellen Notbohm, Veronica Zysk, Temple Grandin
The Drool Room by Ira Socol
What other books would YOU recommend?
Short Author Bio: Morgan Kolis has been a special education teacher for 8 years, working with students with mild/moderate and moderate/intensive special needs. Morgan currently teaches at Hilton Elementary School in the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Schools in North East Ohio. She has received numerous awards including the 2010-2011 Plain Dealer Crystal Apple and the 2005 Cleveland Cavaliers’ Head of the Class Teacher Award. She also has a Masters’ degree in Educational Technology.