So here is my excuse and what I have been doing...
I have been taking some time since the end of my first year teaching in special education to reflect. I have taught for 5 years prior to this year but, it was a year of many firsts because I had taught in the elementary grades. I first wanted to take a weekend and a little more to just relax, enjoy my family, and get a little caught up on life. I dive in wholeheartedly to my work and sometimes my homelife suffers because of it. I'm sure I'm not the only one that can relate to that thought.
I tried to think about things that have worked well, things that I'd like to do differently, and new things that I want to try for the first time now that I have some experience in my classroom and in my district.
I plan on coming up with a list and trying to tackle much of it this summer to prepare for my next school year. I know that my major struggle right now is that I do not have a set curriculum for secondary students in my district. In the elementary grades the gap of academic abilities is not as wide so those teachers can adapt the regular education curriculum with more ease. Still not fun but, more doable. I have assisted my district by attending curriculum meetings with supervisors but, there hasn't been a solid decision made yet. Waiting on this to happen may take forever..
So here I am taking a breather but, in the back of my head freaking a little because I don't feel any more prepared for this year than last year. I have had the opportunity to gain information and ideas from all the wonderful bloggers out there and from some amazing TPT products.
I'd really like to have an academic curriculum and a social skills curriculum that can guide my teaching. Any special education teachers reading my blog have any thoughts or suggestions on things that work for you?