See a need, fill a need

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I am by no means a professional blogger. I’m barely a casual blog reader. However, in my very limited research I’ve noticed a lack of blogs (or for that matter websites or articles that are immediately usable in the classroom) related to teaching students who fall into what is usually referred to as the “severe and profound” category. I know that I teach in a “low incidence” population, but I also know that I’m not the only one. It’d be really nice to find a place with information that I can actually use as is, instead of having to constantly adapt, adapt, adapt. Prime example: Today I walk into work to find an email that my speech therapist isn’t going to be able to do a speech group today, leaving a gaping 45 min. hole in my daily schedule (over time, you’ll come to see that, in my classroom, the schedule can 100% make or break the day). Due to the ridiculously massive amounts of snow we’ve been dealing with, I thought I’d throw together some sort of science lesson dealing with the snow. I approach this like any good special education teacher: Pinterest. As I scrolled through the hundreds of posts related to snow activities, I realized that nothing I find is ever “just right”. I’m either adapting grade-level materials¬† to a more basic level so it’s developmentally appropriate, or I’m trying to find ways to make developmentally appropriate materials more age-appropriate.¬† This blog is my attempt to make a dent in that frustrating dilemma. Part of my goal for the blog is to create a space where teachers in a similar situation can find and share ideas for classroom organization, management, lessons, etc., etc., etc. that don’t require major adaptations. Hopefully, I can help to “fill a need” (if you didn’t catch it, “see a need, fill a need” is a quote from a highly under-rated Disney movie, Robots; when I first heard it, my only thought was “best description of my job I’ve found”).