Thursday, September 15, 2011


We are about to finish our second week of school (our first FULL week) and life is crazy! 

I have a question for special education teachers out there and/or general education teachers...

I would like to know how other special education teachers maintain continuous communication with the teachers that they work with and with parents?  I just have not found a system that I like yet to make sure everyone is always on the same page. 

I am working with less teachers this year than I have in the past so it is somewhat easier to constantly check-in with these teachers but I guess I am wondering what kind of systems (that have worked) that other people are using out there.

As far as with the students are mostly 4th graders so they need to begin to be accountable for themselves and be able to bring things back and forth to school but there is not always that follow through with home to school.  How do you maintain communication with parents, make sure the students are organized, and not have to run around like a chicken with your head cut off at the end of the school day writing in every student's agenda or home-school notebook.

I am open to any suggestions...just wondering what everyone else does.  Communication is one of the most important aspects of my day to day job and I feel it needs to be improved...

1 comment:

  1. I know you posted this blog a while ago but I'll comment anyway. In my 8 years of teaching, I still haven't found the perfect way! I am currently the only SPED teacher in a K-12 school and it is almost impossible to keep in touch regularly. Email is a huge help. Next year I think I will get all of my parents emails at the beginning of the year. I am also considering sending out a weekly newsletter for teachers just to touch base and give them reminders. The best situation I ever had was when we had late starts every Wednesday and every other week we did a quick meeting with all of the teachers and that was great. I have also created a chart that I use to hit all of the major points with teachers (tests, what support they need, upcoming units, etc.) and I would have my para check in with them at the beginning of every week. Of course now I don't have a para so that is hard to do! Just a couple of things that worked for me but certainly a very challenging aspect of our job!