Are you in need of a little inspiration today?  Check out this video and then “take the path that leads to awesome!”


Tar Heel Reader is a free site that offers thousands of high-interest e-books for students.  All texts are switch accessible.


Writing with Alternative Pencils is a great option for students who cannot hold a writing utensil or use a keyboard.

The I’M DETERMINED Project is all about helping students learn self-determination skills.  Browse the site to learn about many great resources.  You will find tools such as the One Pager and Good Day Plan, which help students take an active role in goal planning, the IEP process, transitioning, and behavior planning.  Best of all, you will find templates for the tools, authentic student examples, and videos of teachers & students using these tools.


Intellectual Disabilities

The term “intellectual disability” is used when describing a very broad and diverse group of students.  Here, you will find information and resources for professionals whose students access the curriculum through the Aligned Standards of Learning (ASOLs).

E-News You Can Use for Intellectual Disabilities 

Here are some ideas to get your school year off to a great start.


Setting the Tone with Classroom Rules                                       

It is very important to begin the year with clear rules.   Here are some tips:

A)   State rules positively.  Each rule should express what the students should do.

        Keep your hands and feet to yourself”  instead of “No touching other students”.

B)   Allow students to assist in creating the rules.  

C)   Keep your list between 3 and 6 rules.   

D)   Use visual supports such as clipart or photographs of students following each rule.

Follow these links to check out some great sample class rules:

Class Rules with Visual Cues

Student Written Rules


Making Literacy Fun

Comprehensive literacy instruction is a broad topic.  Here are two simple, but powerful, tips to foster a love of reading in your classroom.

A)   Read Aloud to your students every day.  Read from a variety of texts.  Be entertaining and interactive.  Check out these read aloud resources:

Read Loud Tips & Strategies

10 Tips for Read Aloud Learning

B)  Create a vast self-selected reading library in your classroom.  Include as many text types as possible: story books, non-fiction texts, brochures, menus, food labels, song lyrics, etc.  Here are some pictures of different ways to organize your library:

subject                       alphabetically and/or genre

text type                     individual student interests/levels

*Be sure to give students a chance to select something that they want to read every day!


How will you make this a fun & successful school year for your students?