Thankful Turkey Journal and Craft Activity for Special Education

The act of gratitude is important for everyone, and that includes our students with disabilities. It might be hard for our non-verbal students to express what they are thankful for, so I created these differentiated thankful turkeys to help!




Symbol Support

With this thankful turkey resource, students will be able to use the symbols to help them think about and choose the things they are thankful for. Then they can paste them on a turkey or on a journal to show what they are thankful for.

Creative Alternatives for IEP Transition Planning (COVID-19 friendly)

Being a special education teacher instructing remotely is far from easy. There are limited aspects of our jobs to see the benefits of teaching virtually over teaching in-person. For my friends who are special educators, you likely are facing double the challenge of having to wear two hats - one as a classroom teacher and the other as a special education case manager.


If there’s a silver lining in all of this, my Case Manager hat would be screaming “TRANSITION SERVICE PLANNING!”.  Formerly a process that was case-manager designed and facilitated around school-and community learning opportunities has been flipped upside down where students and their families are expected to take a more active role in-home and community-based activities.  Thanks to the shift to remote and blended learning, the top-down transition planning model is now a three-way shared responsibility (teacher, student, and parent/guardian).



Here are some creative alternatives to your traditional transition planning and implementation steps. These alternatives allow you to get the data and information you need to meet policy and planning purposes while providing students with opportunities to strengthen their self-determination skills and social skills. All the while making the parent/guardian experience stress and hassle-free by placing more responsibility on their child. For best results, confer with your IEP team members to solicit feedback and recruit support before attempting these alternatives.

Resources to Teach Women in History for Special Education

The month of March is National Women's History Month. What a great time to teach about some influential women in history. I've compiled some of my favorite resources to use with your special education class to get you started.


Women's History in Special Education - Resources to teach about Influential Women in History

Introduce the month by using this free national day journal activity that introduces the month of March as Women's History month. There are four different levels to help you reach all of your learners. 

Celebrating Each Day with National Day Journals

Add some more fun to your calendar routine with your special education class by talking about the national day. National Day discussion journals are the perfect activity to add into your morning meeting! Why might you want to include the national day during your morning calendar routine? There are a ton of reasons including:

  • Predictable routine - format stays the same while the topic changes
  • Knowledge - learn and discuss random topics
  • Relevant - people of all ages enjoy talking about the national day
  • Language Arts - listen, read, and write about the national day
  • Fun and Motivating - obviously :) 
  • Differentiated - Four levels of differentiated journals are included along with a symbol supported classroom poster to encourage classroom discussion and participation among students of ALL levels
  • NO PREP - use the BSE Symbol Supported National Day resource and simply print (or digitally assign) and GO!


Here's what the classroom poster and 4 levels look like and how you can use these in your special education classroom with multiple levels of learners:

Tips for Parent Communication for Distance Learning and Beyond

Now more than ever, it is essential that teachers are intentional about communicating with parents. Whether you are back to school in person or teaching remotely through a video platform such as Zoom, teachers and parents need to be on the same team, and here's some ways to help you get started with that.


I'm excited to introduce guest blogger, Heather from Full SPED Ahead today to help give us some more ideas on collaborating with parents.

Hey there, Heather from Full SPED Ahead here to take over the Breezy Special Ed blog for a day! I am currently a middle school functional life skills teacher. I’ve taught life skills for 7 years and it is my heart and soul! I love encouraging students to reach their full potential and gain overall independence as they work with me. Another thing I am passionate about is parent communication and collaboration. I hope these tips and tricks will help you gain trust and build relationships.

Time Saving Tips and Resources for Digital Special Education Classrooms

Are you back at school? Or at home teaching? Whatever your situation looks like this year, I know teaching virtually, in-person, or hybrid brings about new challenges, especially when teaching in special education. You are not alone, the Breezy Special Ed community is here to help!

I heard the analogy this weekend that teachers are currently building the plane as they are flying it. Sounds about right, right?! So be sure give yourself some grace and ask for help when you need it. This was definitely not anything we were prepared for in college, am I right?!

Don't try to reinvent the wheel if you have been thrown back into virtual teaching for this school year, you have more than enough on your plate already. 



Here's some things that may help you save some time and be more effective this year.

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