I sat with a colleague the other day and she shared with me that she puts students’ IEP goals on a label, slaps them onto the sheets she writes her conference notes on, and, voila! IEP goals are right there for conferencing.
A true “Why didn’t I think of that?” moment.
Of course, she was nonplussed by the whole thing. After all, all it really was was a sticker on a piece of paper.
That’s the point made in the video, though. Share your ideas, no matter how obvious they seem to you. They aren’t obvious to everyone else!
A group of special educators at my school has decided to start meeting regularly to share these “obvious” ideas in the hopes that we can support and inspire each other. I have not had many opportunities to collaborate with other special ed teachers, so it should be quite beneficial.
Of course, I’m going into it thinking I really don’t have much to share. My ideas are very obvious to me. Maybe, though, they’ll be amazing to the others.
I imagine if I went into every classroom in my school (and there are many, we have 2,000 students), I would gain one “obviously amazing” idea from each teacher.
So, you, out there in the online community, consider the power of your original ideas. We need to hear them so we can benefit. You have amazing ideas. Please share!
These are some wonderful ideas I’ve found in the last few months. They may be obvious to their creators, but they’re amazing to me!
Here is an obviously amazing idea for word walls that I discovered this weekend.
A great collection of obviously amazing ideas for all aspects of the classroom.
Obviously amazing ideas for using specific music for transitions throughout the day. (My kids like the “Mission Impossible” theme song when cleaning the room!)
Some obviously amazing and fun ideas for the first day of school.